by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – The Belle Plaine City Council is considering an ordinance that will allow chicken coops within its city limits. It only has to look at Wellington to see how it is going.
The five-person council has yet to consider a chicken ordinance, but it has heard testimony from a resident, and has agreed to study the proposal.
Belle Plaine Police Chief and Animal Control Officer Gordon Fell said he has given the subject some research.
“I have put a survey on Survey Monkey and have asked a few residents in town,” Fell said. “I haven’t really came up with a consensus either way.”
Fell said his recommendation to the council is to allow no more than five to 10 chickens per household. The chicken coop must be at least 50 feet from the residence and a neighbor’s property line. And there will be no roosters – because, well, roosters are noisy especially in the early morning hours when some people are still sleeping.