Talk about going Daffy Duck…
Lawrence officials have put the kibosh on "Chick Days" at the Kansas City-based Orscheln Farm and Home. Something about it being a violation of a city code intended to regulate raising of chickens in the city limits.
"Oh my god, are you kidding me?" says Kansas City attorney / Orschlen owner Phil Orschlen. "That’s just crazy. I mean, we’ve sold chickens and ducks from our stores since the 1960s. We call it ‘Chick Days’ and it’s one of our best sellers. It’s amazing."
Among other things, the ordinance requires Orschlen to maintain a minimum living space of 10 square feet per peep. In other words, 1,000 square feet of store space for every hundred chicks. That’s a lot.
Practically converting Orschlen’s farm fowls into "free range," if you will.
Here’s the deal…
Somebody apparently threw Orschlen under the bus recently after a local "artist" got busted for trying to off a bunch of chicks as part of an upcoming exhibit. Which is kinda gross and pretty out there when you think about it.
"I don’t know what to say about that, except that’s absolutely crazy," Orschlen says. "Orschlen’s not into that.
"It’s amazing," he adds. "There should be an ordinance that people aren’t supposed to raise farm animals within the city. But a lot of people buy them for pets for Easter and then they give them away later to someone who lives on a farm. It sounds like we’re going to have to do our job and get the ordinance changed."
Until then Orschelin’s "Chick Days" are history…at least in Lawrence.