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Council to see chicken bylaws

Plan 'lays groundwork' for ownership

Chickens tend to get quite curious when they think you’re bringing food. (click for larger version)
March 11, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — The Planning Board unanimously voted Wednesday, March 7, to send its recommendations on chicken ownership to the Town Council after debating it occasionally for many months.

Their plan is this — Southbridge residents can own a maximum of six adult hens and six chicks (no roosters) if they live in a single-family zone, have at least 0.75 acres, keep them at least 25 feet from neighbors' property lines, and have some kind of "all-season" housing for them. The Board of Health will handle permitting, and the animal control officer will handle any complaints.

They also suggested an option of having a few "test cases," in which a couple people with chickens get special permits for a year to see how things work.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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