But as the Niman's discuss at The Atlantic: Why Raise Your Own Chickens?
Keeping your own flock of meat chickens or laying hens, on the other hand, has many advantages. It allows you to ensure that your poultry are only eating things you feel comfortable having in your food chain. And it allows you to keep the animals in clean, healthy environments, making it more likely that their meat and eggs will be untainted with food borne illnesses. Perhaps most importantly, it's just good fun. Everyone we know who keep their own poultry flock is passionate and proud about their birds.
It seems that the only thing that could stop chickens now are Traverse City's wacko commissioners as the Planning Commision does not have a problem with it: Commission to consider chicken amendment