Ishpeming introduces ordinance regulating fowl within city limits

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ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - The Ishpeming City Council Wednesday night discussed changes to several city ordinances and a new one regarding chickens. The new ordinance regulates fowl within city limits.

It allows for up to six hens, no roosters, and also states the chicken coop must be at least 20 feet away from neighbors. City Manager Mark Slown says the city is trying to strike a balance for residents.

"The purpose of zoning and one of the prime responsibilities of the city is to balance individual rights with the collective community rights, so that people can still be able to do reasonable things on their own property without having the neighbors disturbing them or being disturbed," Slown said.

The ordinance also says the chicken owners must work to keep odor and noise to a minimum. This was only the first reading of the proposed new ordinance