The birds and the bees

Many people are struggling these days to pay bills and keep food on the table.

Many people are struggling these days to pay bills and keep food on the table.

So it seems those advocating for backyard chickens and beehives in the city may have a valid point.

Growing up in the middle of Victoria my parents kept chickens in the backyard, ostensibly for both meat and eggs. But they weren’t quite prepared for what came with preparing the chickens for the table.

I remember as a small, small girl my dad putting one of our fluffy white chickens over a wooden block and whacking its head off with an axe. To my amazement the headless chicken jumped up and ran around the yard for several minutes before collapsing. Boiling and plucking the dead chickens wasn’t much fun either. Needless to say, after that first year, the chickens living in our backyard were for eggs only. They had sturdy cages with elevated hutches  that could be moved around the lawn so the chickens could eat fresh grass, and assist in the lawn mowing.

My parents gave up keeping chickens in retirement when neighborhood raccoons finally figured out how to get into the cages. Our back yard would also have been a perfect place to keep bees because it was filled with apple, pear, plumb, and cherry trees, grapes, blackberries, raspberries and flowers. For a number of years there was also a big garden. I guess the point is that perhaps Williams Lake city council should seriously consider letting the more industrious city slickers in our community have a few chickens or a couple of beehives in their yards if they like.

If they are well cared for chickens what could be the harm? Eggs make pretty good protein when your budget doesn’t stretch to include meat.

Bees are much preferable to the wasps that normally take up residence each summer in my yard.

On the bright side I quite enjoy the visits I regularly receive from deer and squirrels, ravens, pigeons, robins, woodpeckers and songbirds.

Perhaps beekeepers could be required to become certified beekeepers and certain numbers of hives could be limited to licencing in specific areas of the city. Perhaps chickens could also be licensed and have little tags similar to those required by dogs.

– Gaeil Farrar/Tribune

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Cariboo North MLA Coralee Oakes shared this photo of the binders and binders of letters and paperwork she’s received on area roads in the past few years. (Submitted photo)
Cariboo MLAs call on province to fix region’s roads

Minister Rob Fleming said more resources were on the way to the region

Royal Canadian Legion Branch 139 president David Brideau salutes the Cenotaph at city hall during a past Remembrance Day services in Williams Lake Monday, Nov. 11. Brideau, who served three years with the Canadian military in Edmonton, was the parade commander during the Legion’s Remembrance Day service. (Angie Mindus file photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake legion looks to upgrade lounge, patio, to be COVID compliant

Upgrades will require significant financial investment, Branch 139 president David Brideau said

Williams Lake’s Daine Dubois (left) and 150 Mile House’s Isaac Bedford have been named as recipients of the 2020 Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport. (Tribune file photos)
Two Cariboo athletes honoured with Premier’s Award for Indigenous Youth Excellence in Sport

“You have honoured the province, your nations, and your families.”

A worker at Gibraltar Mine north of Williams Lake. (Taseko Mines Ltd. photo)
B.C. Mining Month celebrates innovation

Mining has long been important to the Williams Lake economy

(The Canadian Press)
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines

‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) celebrates his 100th point this season with Leon Draisaitl (29) against the Vancouver Canucks during second period NHL action in Edmonton on Saturday, May 8, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Edmonton superstar McDavid hits 100-point mark as Oilers edge Canucks 4-3

NHL scoring leader needs just 53 games to reach century mark

A map showing where the most number of cases were recorded from April 23 to 29. This map, revealing a breakdown of infections by neighborhood, was pulled from a data package leaked to the Vancouver Sun last week (and independently verified).
36 Abbotsford schools flagged for COVID-19 exposures in the last 2 weeks, shattering record

Clearbrook Elementary recorded an ‘exposure’ on all 11 school days

Canada’s chief public health officer is reminding Canadians even those who are fully vaccinated are not immune from transmitting the COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s top doctor warns full vaccination does not equal full protection from COVID-19

Post-inoculation, Theresa Tam says the risk of asymptomatic infection and transmission is far lower but not obsolete

The dash cam footage, taken May 7 at 8:18 a.m. belonged to the driver of a southbound vehicle that recently travelled out of the tunnel. (Reddit/Screen grab)
VIDEO: Dash cam captures dramatic rollover crash on Highway 99

Only one person sustained injuries from the collision, says B.C. Ambulance Services

Chevy stranded on a ledge above a rocky canyon at Mimi Falls near Logan Lake, April 28, 2021. (Photo credit: Margot Wikjord)
Police officer and fire chief team up in risky rescue of stranded dog near Logan Lake

Chevy, a rescue dog, needed rescuing again after getting stuck on a ledge above rocky canyon

Police were on the scene of a fatal shooting in Abbotsford. (Black Press Media files)
B.C. government to give more than $8 million for programs to curb gang violence

221 not-for-profit projects led by local governments and school districts among others will receive a one-time grant

Most Read