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The Chickens Are Coming, The Chickens Are Coming

| April 10, 2012, 01:01 AM | 7 Comments

After untold hours of debate, the Annapolis City Council voted 6-3 in favor of allowing chickens to be raised within the City. This evening brought our several urban chicken experts from the Federal Government as well as a veterinarian.

If memory serves me, the most recent bill allowed for up to five chickens per residence and requires a setback of 5 feet from the property line.  All coops must comply with building codes. There will be no roosters allowed, only chickens. And this legislation has a sunset clause of three years. If the council takes no further action, chickens will once again be banished from the City.

The vote was taken just before 1:00am.

Will you be getting chickens?

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  1. Jennifer says:

    Congratulations! I like the sunset clause idea. It allows the community to “try it on” first. We have a few communities here in Chicago that might find that strategy helpful. 

  2. John Frenaye says:

    Yes, but the question remains what happens to the chickens? I have read that lifespans on the short end are 4-5 years and on the high end 12-14. While I suspect that this will continue, what would happen to the chickens if not? Are there resources at County animal shelters to accept them? Would there be enough demand in the County to adopt chickens?

  3. Lisa says:

    It’s about time!! Congratulations. They are wonderful pets and also serve as fresh eggs available. With cleaning maintenance it’s a wonderful advancement!

  4. Patti says:

    I am considering chickens in Cape St. Claire. Is there anyone who would be willing to discuss this with me? Breeds…Cautions…

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