A group in Lead is proposing a city ordinance that would allow for the legal ownership of chickens, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The proposed ordinance will be presented to the Lead City Commission, with an anticipated agenda date of May 1.
Currently, the proposal would require a $100 registration fee for Lead residents who want to keep chickens on their property. The proposed ordinance would also ban roosters and cap the total number of hens to six. Chickens would not be allowed inside homes, and would be required to be house within well-ventilated and secured coops with a chicken run.
Present law allows Lead residents on large lots to have chicken coops, so long as they are 100 feet away from their living quarters. The group proposing the chicken ordinance noted that other cities, including Sioux Falls, SD; Portland, OR; Fort Collins, CO; Ann Arbor, MI and others allow chickens within city limits and have no documented problems.