The New Ulm City Council is scheduled to make a decision on allowing city residents to raise chickens during its meeting this (TUE) evening. The idea came before the council last month, with supporters citing the health benefits of fresh eggs and the ability to use chicken waste in yard compost. There was also opposition to the proposal, however, and a city council “chicken subcommittee” was formed to examine the issue. That committee has issued several recommendations, including not allowing roosters and no more than 4 hens, but committee members also expressed their sentiments that chickens should not be allowed within the New Ulm city limits. City officials have also reportedly received several letters and emails opposing urban chickens. Today’s New Ulm City Council meeting starts at 5pm at city hall.