NU City Council Approves Chickens 16 Jul 14

The New Ulm City Council on Tuesday narrowly approved of allowing residents to raise chickens within the city limits. The final vote was 3-2, with Council President Chuck Schmitz and Councilor Ken RockVam voting against urban chickens. The proposal first came before the council last month, but was met with some opposition, and a city council “chicken subcommittee” was formed to examine the issue. There will be several regulations concerning raising chickens in New Ulm when the ordinance goes into effect, including not allowing roosters and no more than 4 hens, and having the hens in a specifically sized coop and fenced in area. City officials estimate that around 10 households will ask permission to raise chickens following the legally-required two readings of the ordinance, which should go into effect around September.