Plain City eases up on livestock, birds

Aug 26 2011 - 11:34pm

PLAIN CITY -- Changes to the livestock and fowl ordinance make owning birds less restrictive than it has been in the past.

Residents may raise fowl for show events such as fairs, 4-H and Future Farmers of America, and for feather harvesting, as long as the fowl owners are not violating any nuisance ordinance regulations.

Property owners with lots that are 20,000 to 39,000 square feet can now own a maximum of 25 birds, with a maximum of two roosters per 8-10 hens. The 25-chicken limit applies only to fowl older than 6 months. There is a limit of 30 fowl younger than 6 months.

Should the fowl owner prefer to have geese, ducks, turkeys, peacocks, pigeons or pheasants, they may, but they would be included within the 25-fowl limitation and could not include more than three geese, three ducks, three turkeys or two peacocks, 20 pigeons or 10 pheasants.

Those living on smaller lots can have fowl as well, with 15 fowl, including one rooster, allowed on 14,000- to 19,000-square-foot lots, and 10 chickens with one rooster or 20 pigeons allowed on 11,000- to 13,999-square-foot lots. Pheasants or game birds are not allowed on this size of lot.

Council members voted unanimously to approve the changes.

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