Worland resident requests change to city’s chicken ordinance

Via the Wyoming News Exchange

WORLAND (WNE) — Worland resident Eric Hansen asked the council to consider allowing chickens within city limits on a less restrictive basis than the current city code. 

He said after the issues with the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and now with inflation, supply chain issues and the cost of eggs nearing around $5 per dozen, it would be a good time to allow families to raise chickens and their own eggs. 

He said people need to be prepared for a food shortage or even another pandemic. 

Hansen recommended the city allow up to eight hens, which can produce five eggs daily and thus feed a family of four. 

Under the current city code, fowls such as chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and more must be kept in an enclosed, substantial pen. They must also be more than 100 feet from the structure of any school, church, hospital, residence or dwelling, except the residence of the owner of such fowl. 

They are also allowed only in estate residential areas. Hansen said there are few residences that fit within that code to allow people to have fowl. 

Hansen added he recommends allowing only hens, not roosters.

The city could look into a $25 permit which would allow the inspection of coops and tracking of those with chickens, Hansen said. 

Worland Police Chief Gabe Elliott said he likes Hansen’s ideas and suggested the council take it up under a work session. The next work session will be July 11. 

Council member Wendy Fredricks said, “I think it’s a good idea. I don’t think they would be anymore of a nuisance than [barking] dogs.”


This story was published on June 23, 2022.


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