Teens win chicken battle with city of Farmington

9:15 AM, Mar 19, 2013   |    comments
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FARMINGTON, Minn. - A Farmington teen and his friends have something to crow about after the city council voted Monday to allow people to allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards.

Lerew Kaas and a couple of his friends put a proposal before the council in mid-January that would allow each homeowner to have up to six chickens on their property. Their plan called for the chickens to be housed in a coop and residents would have to pay for a chicken permit, much like what is done in Minneapolis or St. Paul.

No roosters would be allowed due to the possible noise implications.

"Chickens are smelly and stuff and dirty and make too much noise, but they make less noise than a barking dog in your neighbor's yard," Kaas told KARE 11's Jeffrey Demars in January.

On Monday night the Farmington City Council approved a backyard chicken ordinance. They did scale it back so just three chickens were allowed per household during the first trial year.  

Lerew's mother said in an email that he is disapointed that the council reduced the number of chickens a resident could house from six to three, but said he still considers the vote a victory.

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