Chicken Revolution Hits Spokane Valley

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - After months of debate the Spokane Valley City Council made changes to the city's chicken regulations.

Those changes make it possible for people who live with in the city limits to own chickens on small residential pieces of property.

Craig Goodwin has four chickens in his backyard right next to his children's swing set.

"They have names, yeah, Eagle, Chrysanthemum, Daisy and Honolulu," Goodwin, a self-proclaimed chicken person, said.

Goodwin says his four chickens produce two dozen eggs a week, but that is the only source of food they supply for his family of four.

"I think the general rule is, if you name your chickens, you don't eat them," he said.

Eagle, Daisy Honolulu and Chrysanthemum are apart of the Goodwin family.

"Some people like dogs, some people like cats, some people like chickens. We're chicken people," Goodwin said.

Thanks to the persistence of other chicken people, it's now easier for others to become chicken enthusiasts. On Tuesday night the Spokane Valley city council voted to allow people with 2,000 square feet to raise one chicken. That's a big change from the previous 40,000 square feet requirement.

"If you would have asked me five years ago I would have thought it was crazy to have chickens," Goodwin said.

Now Goodwin couldn't imagine life without them. Technically he has chickens illegally because he lives on the border between Spokane Valley and the county but he says his neighbors love the feathered members of his family.

"There is no smell, not really any noise. I think they make great neighbors, in some cases better neighbors than dogs," he said.

People who have backyard chickens say it's east and affordable but there are things you need to know about how to keep your chickens healthy and happy.

For those looking to start raising chickens of their own, Sun People Dry Goods is offering a workshop on backyard chickens April 2nd.