Backyard chickens still welcome in New Brighton, Minn.

Backyard chickens still welcome in New Brighton, Minn.

Instead of an outright ban, the New Brighton City Council voted Tuesday to allow backyard chicken coops to remain in the city, but did impose new regulations.

Residents must adhere to the following regulations:

-6 fowl per household
-No roosters
-No outdoor butchering

Some neighbors claimed the chickens were a nuisance and decreased property values. Other neighbors even called police and complained to City Hall.

Their dispute spilled into the community with residents taking sides, and because there were no specific rules or ordinances in place to regulate fowl and urban farming, the city couldn't step in to mediate. That will change with these new regulations, which could go into effect next in the next few weeks. The city estimated there are between 60 and 70 families with chickens and other fowl in their backyards, and owners would be given several months to comply with the new regulations.

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