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February 28, 2013

Chickens tabled by city council

Council members seek more info, public input on whether to allow hens in residential areas under certain circumstances

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“The average resident does not come to Weatherford to have chickens,” Wilder said.

Blaisdell said having any animal comes with a price and by bringing the proposal before the council, the city “was trying to meet the needs of our citizens.”

“You can’t raise a cow, goat or sheep for (Future Farmers of America) in the city limits, so this could be a way for more students to get involved,” Blaisdell said. “This will not overburden (animal control) by any stretch of the imagination.”

Council member Waymon Hamilton requested the item be tabled and also requested more citizen input, saying the 50 feet from property line rule would keep many homeowners in the city from having the hens to begin with.

Mayor Pro Tem Craig Swancy, who made the motion to table, agreed it would be “nice to have some public input on the public cackling,” The item is expected to be brought back at the council’s March 12 meeting.

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