Chickens may be allowed in residential areas of town

Poultry could be kept on properties with restrictions if town approves ordinance
By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press Staff

The Town of Fredonia is considering passing an ordinance that would allow and regulate the keeping of chickens in residential areas of the town.

The ordinance would apply to areas zoned R2, mainly Waubeka and some subdivisions.

“They’re currently not allowed but there is a demand,” Town Chairman Richard Mueller said. 

But when there was a complaint from one Waubeka resident regarding a neighbor keeping chickens in his yard, town officials discovered since there was no ordinance they were unable to regulate the situation.

Town supervisors will look at a draft ordinance next month based on an existing ordinance in the Village of Fredonia, Mueller said.

Under an ordinance, town officials could issue annual licenses, impose fees and set limits on the number of chickens allowed.

“It would give us a handle on who has them and some recourse when there are problems,” Mueller said.

Under the village ordinance:

Up to six mature chickens are allowed, plus an unspecified number of chicks. No roosters older than 10 weeks are allowed. Annual permits are required and neighbors must be notified when a permit is applied for. The annual fee is $15.

Fines of $25 to $200 can be imposed for violations of the ordinance.

Village Clerk Sandi Tretow said the village has just one permit holder.

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