Backyard Chickens Evicted From Sherwood
People who keep chickens in their backyards in Sherwood were given a 90 day eviction notice for their hens. Video by nbc26.comvideo
SHERWOOD-- People who keep chickens in their backyards in Sherwood were given a 90 day eviction notice for their hens. The village recently passed a new animal ordinance. It includes banning chickens in all residential areas.
One Sherwood family who began their backyard hen hobby two years ago, now owns 15 chickens and isn't ready to give up their prized pets.
Stacey Bowers and her family say the chickens are much more than pets. They are considered part of the family. But according to the new ordinance, they have to remove the chicken from their property before the 90 day grace period ends.
Neighbors like Dale DeCoursin say the chickens are a nuisance and should be banned from residential areas.
The Sherwood Board of Trustees began studying the animal ordinance about 7 months ago. An ad hoc committee recommended allowing 4 chickens per smaller residential lot and up to 6 chickens for bigger lots. But following a heated public meeting Monday, the board decided to ban chickens altogether.
The two families that own chickens in residential neighborhoods will be given 90 days to comply with the law.