Voters in Lead recently approved a referred chicken ownership measure, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. Although the Lead City Commission had approved the ordinance in June, a chicken opposition group gained sufficient petition signatures to refer the measure for a public vote. However, residents of Lead approved the ordinance by a vote of 174-114.
The ordinance allows city residents to keep up to six hens in chicken coops at least 50 feet away from the nearest occupied residence. The ordinance also requires chicken owners to obtain a city license and pay a fee.