Urban chickens endorsed for South Bend

From the barnyards to the backyards—the campaign to allow chickens in the city limits of South Bend took a significant step forward today.

A proposed measure that would allow up to six chickens per single family home in the City of South Bend was endorsed by a vote of 8 to 1 before the St. Joseph County Area Plan Commission.

That recommendation will be used by members of the South Bend Common Council who have the final say.

“There will be no roosters permitted,” Susan Greutman of the Urban Chicken Alliance told the commission. “And the hens must be housed in a secure coop and pen, the coop shall be at least 18 inches high with one square foot of space per chicken made of traditional building materials and not exceeding 120 square feet.”

“Brian Hoover testified on the health problems posed by city chickens. “Its well documented that the health risks associated with backyard chickens are manageable and smaller than the risks posed by more common pets.”

About 55 people were on hand as today’s debate got underway. Only one spoke against the Urban Chicken Ordinance.

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