"Since March 2009, we have been keeping three Cayuga ducks and two Wyandotte chickens in the backyard of our Cambridge, MA residence.The ducks are named Potassium, Ferdinand, and Penelope, and the chickens are Henrietta and Frances. We really like them. We put this site together because the city of Cambridge is in the process of determining whether to allow us (and all Cambridge residents) to keep birds in a safe and regulated manner—or make the whole thing illegal. Obviously we would like it to be legal and regulated—as it is in many Massachusetts communities, including Arlington, Belmont, Brockton, Concord, Lexington, Northampton, and in many cities around the country such as Baltimore, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco, Denver, etc. We think we have a strong case and some good allies, but some of our neighbors allege that it is impossible to keep birds without attracting rats, causing the area to smell bad, and increasing our risk of contracting bird flu.""