Section 5-93 Enclosures.

    (a)    Chickens must be kept in an enclosure or fenced area at all times.  Chickens shall be secured within a henhouse or chicken tractor during non-daylight hours.  

    (b)    Enclosures must be kept in a clean, dry, odor-free, neat and sanitary condition at all times.  

    (c)    Henhouses, chicken tractors and chicken pens must provide adequate ventilation and adequate sun and shade and must be impermeable to rodents, wild birds and predators, including dogs and cats.

    (d)    Henhouses and chicken tractors.

    (1)    Henhouses and chicken tractors shall be designed to provide safe and healthy living conditions for the chickens while minimizing adverse impacts to other residents in the neighborhood.

        a.    A henhouse or chicken tractor shall be enclosed on all sides and shall have a roof and doors.  Access doors must be able to be shut and locked at night.  Opening windows and vents must be covered with predator and bird proof wire of less than one (1) inch openings.  

        b.    The materials used in making a henhouse or chicken tractor shall be uniform for each element of the structure such that the walls are made of the same material, the roof has the same shingles or other covering, and any windows or openings are constructed using the same materials.  The use of scrap, waste board, sheet metal, or similar materials is prohibited.  Henhouses and chicken tractors shall be well maintained.  

    (2)    Henhouses, chicken tractors and chicken pens shall only be located to the rear of the dwelling or other main structure and may be located in the rear yard required by chapter 29.

    (3)    Henhouses, chicken tractors and chicken pens must be located at least ten (10) feet from the property line and at least twenty-five (25) feet from any adjacent residential dwelling, church, school or place of business.

    (e)    Any enclosed chicken pen shall consist of sturdy wire or wooden fencing.  The pen must be covered with wire, aviary netting, or solid roofing.  

(Ord. No. 20549, § 1, 2-1-10)


(Ord. 20549, Added, 02/01/2010)