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Medford 'Okays' Unlimited Chickens in Backyards

City Council voted 7-1 to remove the cap on the number of chickens one can have in a backyard.

Posted: Jun 7, 2018 10:54 PM
Updated: Jun 7, 2018 11:19 PM

MEDFORD, Ore.- Tonight city council members voted on an ordinance that would have placed a limit on how many chickens you can have in a backyard. City Council voted 7-1 to remove the cap on the number of chickens one can have in a backyard.

The council approved a change that would remove the cap on the number of chickens someone can have. That cap was implemented in October 2017.

The city also removed rules related to the odors, noises, and infestation of flies that chickens bring. Council members cited their reason for doing this is there are already current ordinances in place that address these items.

Moving forward, roosters are not allowed, large domestic foul (emus, ostriches, peacocks, and turkeys) are not allowed, and chickens cannot be located in the front yard of a property. The city council updated a section that requires chickens to be confined to the property and chicken coops cannot be any closer than four feet of the property line. 

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