14 thoughts on “Town Looking at Changing Rules for Keeping Chickens, Bees in Watertown

  1. Big mistake. If you want to be a farmer, move to out to Central Massachusetts where you can buy a home with a nice big plot of land. Chickens are loud and attract coyotes! folks, there is an urban coyote problem if you are not aware! Bees? Are you crazy. What if by change they swarm and attack a child? Why is the town wasting valuable meeting time on foolishness like this? Watertown is an urban suburb, not Green Acres!

  2. why is that in other cities urban agriculture, bee and chicken keeping works!? btw: have you ever eaten an egg produced by in-your-yard grown hen? be sure it’s better than else if you really catch the know-how.

  3. Having spent many vacations on my grandparents farm, I can tell you chickens are loud and roosters can be agressive. We have enough “fun” listening to our neighbors’ dogs barking in the backyard. People who want chickens and bees have never lived in close proximity to those and are too naive to believe it is a good fit for this community. If one wants fresh eggs, visit the farmers’ market.

  4. It seems we have a preoccupation with copying everything Cambridge and Somerville do. We have always done fine with our own thoughts and decisions.
    What makes so many think those cities have all the answers.
    We always did fine on our own!

    • John, you are right that we should not do something because another city does it. Nor should we reject an idea because some other city does it.

      I suspect that many of Watertown’s immigrants who came from agricultural cultures have kept chickens here in the past. My grandfather kept chickens in an urban factory town in Northern New Jersey. Some old ideas are really good ideas. There was a time when everyone in a place like Watertown had a vegetable patch and raised some of their own food. Maybe that was a good thing.

      I don’t have the time to raise chickens, but I am told the fresh eggs beat store bought by a mile!

  5. Just replace “chickens” with “dogs” in any argument against the keeping of a few hens and the argument falls apart. Just like there are policies to cover dogs that are too noisy or whose droppings affect others, the same can be applied to chickens.

    I already live in close proximity to someone in Watertown who has chickens, and if I didn’t see them every once in a while I would never know that they are there.

    • You are exactly right Jeff. I would be happy if any of my neighbors kept chickens. Roosters. . .maybe not as much. But you don’t have to have a rooster for hens to lay eggs. Many towns allow hens, but not roosters.

  6. I haven’t seen and ideas that they do rejected, but sometimes
    I feel like much of our agenda is built on what they do.

  7. I’m very pleased that the town is addressing this issue and I fully support Watertown residents being able to keep chickens or bees in their yard.

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