Residents urged to keep chickens in pens
1920 We have been complimented by many and complained at by others regarding the squibs that appeared in the Avalanche recently about the chickens running at large over the city. Some are highly in favor of a chicken ordinance while others are bitterly opposed to it. So far as we are concerned, we are standing pat on cooping the chickens up. Chickens and gardens do not thrive in the same yard and flowers do no better in the chicken yard than a garden, so either a dozen people in one neighborhood who want to have a garden will have to abandon the idea for the gratification of one chicken fancier in the same neighborhood, or else there will have to be a chicken ordinance passed and ENFORCED. It is just a plain choice between the two. We believe that there should be an ordinance passed and that right away, so that people will know whether to try to have a garden or not.
We placed emphasis upon the word enforced because we had just read the following from the Hereford Brand on the subject, in the form of a notice from the mayor of the city, which read:
The ordinances of the city of Hereford require the owners of chickens to keep them on their own premises and make it a penal offense for the owner to permit them to run at large.
A number of complaints have recently been made to me by different citizens of the town that their neighbor's chickens were doing them much damage.
It is strange that some people have a disposition to trample this ordinance under their feet. Hereafter, if anyone has cause to complain of their neighbor's chickens, just call the City Marshal.