Chicken Ordinance Killed 31 May 12

The Green Isle City Council recently killed a proposed ordinance that would have allowed residents to raise chickens in their backyards. A first reading of the ordinance had been scheduled to take place during the council’s recent meeting, but councilors agreed to nix the idea prior to the reading. The ordinance would have allowed up to 4 hens to be kept in Green Isle back yards, and also covered the handling of feed and waste. It prohibited roosters as well as back yard butchering. The idea was shot down after city councilors heard from Green Isle residents who questioned the need for such an ordinance. After turning down this proposal, the council learned that Green Isle already has an ordinance allowing chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys to be raised in the community, dating back to 1929. The council plans to cancel that ordinance during an upcoming meeting.