Chickens Continue to Spread

21 Jan

Byrnes Mill has joined the ranks of county municipalities allowing backyard chickens, according to the December 27 Leader. The city joins Festus and De Soto as cities to have recently made this change. Byrnes Mill’s ordinance is pretty good, in that it is light on restrictions. Residents with less than an acre of land can raise five birds, while there is no limit for larger properties. Coops or pens must be used, and must be 20 feet from the plot boundary and in the backyard. A chicken permit costs $25 per year for three years, then becomes permanent, barring any complaints. This is much better than Festus’ stringent rules. I commend the Byrnes Mill council for this.

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