SOUTH OGDEN -- Council members voted unanimously recently not to allow chickens within city limits.
"I'm not sure we could enforce it to be fair to the neighbors," Councilwoman Sallee Orr said. "I'm just a little nervous about being able to enforce the upkeep of chickens and keep the raccoons and rats at bay."
The question of whether chickens could be kept was brought before the council several weeks ago by resident Jake Peart.
"I think it's important that we're self-sustaining and also that we have the freedoms to make those kind of choices," Peart said after the council had voted. "Even though there's no doubt that at this current moment it's more expensive to raise chickens and have your own eggs than it is to go buy them at a grocery store."
Peart explained that he sees raising chickens as a good way to become more self-sufficient and teach his children responsibility and that not all food comes from the store.
"I think it would also help create a local community environment where we can sustain our communities if we need to," Peart said.
The city does not currently include a zoning area that would allow chickens to be raised.
While several council members weren't opposed to the idea of allowing chickens in South Ogden, the consensus was that there simply wasn't enough support to make a strong enough case to revisit the issue.
"I'm not opposed to looking at it, but I don't think really we've had more than one citizen want to look at a change," Councilman Bryan Benard said. "I haven't heard enough to suggest that we even need to go further down that road."