Iowa City Council OK's Backyard Chickens

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Backyard chickens are coming to Cedar Rapids. The City Council on Tuesday gave the final OK for residents to raise up to six hens on their property.

The ordinance says chickens must be in a fenced area at least 10 feet from property lines and 25 feet from any adjacent home, church, school or business. Odors can't be "perceptible" beyond the boundaries of the yard.

Councilman Chuck Swore says the council can repeal the ordinance if the things some fear may happen actually happen.

Resident Audrey Rahn noted that raccoons love chickens, and backyard chickens could mean more raccoons. She wondered if the
city would need a bow hunt of raccoons.

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