§ 3-4-15. Backyard chickens  


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  • (a) Backyard chickens shall mean a female pullet or hen of the Gallus gallus domesticus; which are or may be raised for the purpose of providing food or companionship as a pet. Roosters are strictly prohibited.

    (b) Only four (4) backyard chickens may be located on any premises and/or property less than three (3) acres in size.

    (c) Backyard chickens may be kept outdoors only if;

    (1) Property on which the animal(s) are kept is one-half (½) an acre or larger; and

    (2) The property shall be maintained in a fashion that eliminates odors, pollution or other negative effects resulting from the backyard chickens; and

    (3) The backyard chickens shall not cause a nuisance; and

    (4) Animal(s) must be contained within a fenced enclosure of wire, wood, stone, or other materials which is of sufficient height and strength sufficient for purposes of restraint and protection. Invisible fencing is not suitable for fencing for backyard chickens. In addition to the fence, all backyard chickens must be housed in a coop that is enclosed on all sides including the top, located only in the rear yard of the lot.

    (d) The keeping and raising of backyard chickens shall be subject to all regulations of the Henry County Health Department.

    (e) Penalties. Any person violating any provision of this section may be punished by a fine not to exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) and/or imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed sixty (60) days.

(Ord. No. 13-09, 7-16-13)