Hens now can flock to Milton

Published on July 08, 2013 with No Comments

Chickens can come home to roost in Milton, thanks to a new ordinance making it easier for city residents to enjoy homegrown organic eggs.

At the request of a Dogwood Street resident, the Milton City Council developed the ordinance to allow chickens in the city limits, in keeping with a trend in cities nationwide.

However, roosters, the hens’ noisy counterparts, are banned.

The ordinance limits the number of chickens to eight and spells out other conditions, such as the pen must be at least 30 feet from the property line and feed and water must be provided.

The ordinance also says that pens, coops or enclosures must be built to keep the chickens safe from predators. The coops must be at least 18 inches off the ground, with a box to collect droppings.

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