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Stearns County board okays chickens

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Apr 24, 2013 at 6:17 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) The Stearns County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved changes to its feedlot ordinance that will allow people to keep chickens in their backyards.

A homewner with a one acre lot in an area zoned R-1 will be able to have up to twelve chickens.

In an R-5 zoning district, 15 chickens will be allowed for one acre, with an additional four chickens permitted per additional acre up to five acres, allowing for a maximum 31 chickens in an R-5 zone.

All chickens in residential districts will have to be confined with a coop or fence, and set back at least ten feet from all property lines.

The chickens are being allowed as a provisional use, meaning the birds will have to be registered with Stearns County's Environmental Service Department.

The county board approved the changes unanimously Tuesday after several weeks of debate. 

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