(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - The City of Cheyenne's Committee of the Whole met this evening for the third reading of the 'Chicken Ordinance' (amending section 6.08.020
The Committee motioned to approve the ordinance at the next meeting, that
would now allow City residents to keep up to half a dozen chickens.
Several members of the public expressed concerns, as well as support of the
ordinance. While representatives with the Dept. of Health and the Cheyenne
Animal Shelter were available to offer their knowledge on subjects relating
to the proposed change.
One resident in support of the ordinance (pictured above) stated she has
researched over 100 cities that aren't "Hillbilly U.S.A. cities" that allow
chickens, including San Antonio, Texas. She stated that she visits the
local Home Depot every spring to purchase over 50 pounds of chicken manure
for her garden and has been doing it for years. Her neighbors are concerned
with the proposed ordinance and the smell that may come along with allowing
chickens in town, but said she asked her neighbors about her garden
practices and whether or not it bothered them, in which they responded not
knowing about it and hadn't smelled anything.
Another resident against the ordinance (feature photo) stated he was
concerned about the City's ability to enforce the ordinance, and stated
that he knew of "many in town residents that already house chickens
illegally and nothing is done about it."
Councilman Dicky Shanor stated that there is currently only one Nuisance
Officer with the Cheyenne Police Department who covers the entire City of
Cheyenne, and foresees an additional workload that the officer would have
to take on. City funding for abandoned chickens was also a topic of
discussion, as the representative from the Cheyenne Animal Shelter stated
they've had to take on a rather large expense, an estimated $10,000, to
care for abandoned chickens brought to their shelter.
The Department of Health representative stated that concerns regarding
Salmonella poisoning would be treated the same as it would if an individual
were to come in after eating raw chicken, etc., by the treatment through
Councilman Jim Brown stated he will vote against the ordinance after
mentioning the non-compliance between the City's ordinance and housing
covenants, that the ordinance would be like the City telling people to
break their covenants. "If the City passes this ordinance, we're basically
opening Pandora's Box...we're opening the barnyard gate," Brown lightly
Cheyenne City Council will meet on Monday, April 25.