Clucked up

I think we should just throw zoning right out the window — make homeowners associations illegal too ("Clucking around," July 28). Farm animals should be allowed in all subdivisions. Porn shops next to churches, strip clubs next to schools. There are real victims here — victims whose rights are being violated by not being able to raise farm animals wherever they want, or do whatever else they want, wherever they want.

—What the Cluck?


Cluck, cluck, cluck, if you can hear it over the air conditioner, the lawnmower down the street, the dog barking at NOTHING two houses down then you have super hearing. These animals aren't noisy, don't smell, won't threaten public if they accidentally escape captivity. I think the zoning should go by the wayside.

Pros: they eat ALL of the scrap food from dinner which saves landfill space, contribute to making GREAT compost for the vegetable garden, entertaining to watch chase bugs, EAT BUGS from the yard eliminating the need to use pesticides, they make EGGS!


We just bought a new home in the SODO area and built a magnificent coop with a tin roof and gutters. Looks better than the shed sitting next to it. We have 12 chickens from McMurray, which are all named and make great pets (less annoying than our dog). Recommended reading: City Chicks.

—White Chick


Thank you for writing about chickens! I have wanted to raise a pair of hens since moving back to Orlando three years ago, but haven't had the guts to go down to Palmer's and get some, lest a neighbor complain. With all our yard space here, the only thing anyone seems to grow (with the help of plenty of chemicals and twice-weekly watering, of course) is grass! Too bad Orlando's zoning discourages self-reliance.

—Hooray for Hens


The fact that farmers now make up less than 1 percent of the U.S. population (as mentioned in this story) creates a massive educational gap and disconnect between the producer and the consumer, leaving room for activists with agendas to spread misinformation about agriculture and "factory farming."

Of the 65,000 dairy farms in America today, for example, most are smaller farms with less than 200 cows. In fact, 99 percent of American dairy farms, including larger farms, are family owned and operated, according to the USDA. The simple fact is dairy farmers depend on healthy cows for their livelihoods. Therefore, it's their priority, and makes good business sense, to treat dairy cows with respect and make sure they're well cared for in order for them to produce pure, wholesome milk. Sometimes it is necessary for farmers to treat cows with antibiotics when they are ill, just as humans sometimes need medication when they are sick.



Lingering resentment

Well, five (six?) mentions of Summerbirds in the Cellar, and we still completely ignore any of the wonderful music created by Matt Kamm? ("Let it linger," July 22) This man has been making the most inspired, intelligent, tuneful (and weird) pop music in Orlando for the last 10 years, and in all that time the Orlando Weekly has noticed him once. The fact that not even one Dodger or Telethon song is on this list is a serious oversight. I guess we had to make space for another mention of Summerbirds in the Cellar, the best band of all time!

—Russell Harrison


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