Chickens in Champaign: Fair or fowl?

Chickens in Champaign: Fair or fowl?

CHAMPAIGN — City council members have already voted 8-1 that they’re open to the idea of letting residents keep chickens in their backyards. Now they just have to approve the rules.

Members for the first time Tuesday will see a proposal to limit odors, attractions to predators and other potential nuisances when residents start building their chicken coops. The city council will look at specifications for coop design, licensing, how many chickens a single herder can keep and what kind of fee that person would have to pay.

Urbana residents, on the other hand, have always been able to keep “backyard chickens” with little regulation.

If the Champaign City Council supports the new rules in a discussion Tuesday, residents can start counting the days until they can count their chickens.


Wanna go?

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Champaign City Building, 102 N. Neil St. The chambers has room for 210 people.

Wanna follow?

Look for @patrick_wade on Twitter. Our staff writer will be tweeting updates live from the council chambers during the meeting.


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bettycat wrote on November 12, 2013 at 6:11 am

When someone decides they want to have Henny Penny for dinner, how is that going to work? Or are they just going for eggs? (Which is great). I'm just imagining a novice chicken owner wielding an axe running afoul (!) of some ordinance....

C in Champaign wrote on November 12, 2013 at 5:11 am

Keep in mind, many subdivision's covenants, or/or homeowners association by-laws, prohibit the keeping or raising of livestock, including chickens. So just because the city says it's okay with them doesn't mean you are good to go with your neighbors.