Should chickens be allowed in town?

A Fountain woman is advocating for her family to have backyard-fresh eggs.

Posted: Sep. 13, 2018 7:41 PM

FOUNTAIN, Minn. - In the small town of Fountain, chickens are one of the biggest current topics of conversation. Specifically, whether the city should modify its current ordinances to allow chickens in town.

Emily Root brought her plan for a coop and run for 10 hens to the City Council in May. Since then, city officials have been debating the topic.

Root's family grows a lot of their own food in their yard, which is one reason she wants to be able to have her own supply of eggs. "I think it would be good for our kids to learn responsibility and where their food comes from and this is a farming community, so I don't think it's that far out of reach to ask," she says. The family previously owned chickens when they lived in the country.

KIMT requested a copy of Fountain's ordinance regarding animals in city limits. However, a city official denied us the public document. As a part of her advocacy for her chicken coop, Root is proposing an adapted ordinance. "I'm hoping that it can be, if it is passed, a positive thing for the community. We can show them that it doesn't always have to be how it used to be. It can be renewed and be done well this time with the right rules in place," she explains.

The topic will be discussed at the community's planning and zoning committee's September 20th meeting.

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