The Rockford City Council could change an ordinance that would allow residents to raise chickens in the city limits, in spite of blowback from neighbors who say the practice is for the birds.
As it stands, it is against city code to keep chickens in Rockford. According to a Rockford Register Star report, the issue is again being mulled after resident Greg Davis was recently forced to get rid of six hens he kept in a Rockford coop. Davis spoke in favor of changing the ordinance at the council meeting last week. Davis told aldermen the rule should be changed in light of a recent trend of harvesting fresh eggs on their property.
Opponents say the code should remain as it is, as chicken coops are smelly, noisy and could come with heath risks like salmonella.
Rockford is not the only area city to ban the practice of raising chickens. Loves Park, Machesney Park also prohibit chicken coops. Raising chickens is allowed in Beloit, Wisconsin. The practice became legal last year.