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I remember growing up in Salt Lake City when it seemed that almost everyone in the neighborhood raised chickens and rabbits in their yards. I did not see any real problems that impacted the living standards of everyday life.

As the West Valley City Council suffers with the dilemma of creating an ordinance allowing hen chickens in the area ("WVC is considering allowing yard hens," Tribune, March 23), these things occurred to me:

1. Chickens do not bark.

2. Chickens do not mess on neighbors' lawns.

3. Chickens do not have to be walked.

4. Chickens do not have to have dedicated parks.

5. Chickens do not have to be leashed.

6. Chickens provide eggs.

Considering these and other factors, what's the problem?

Harry W. Patrick

Salt Lake City

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