Rockford resident Shawn Raymond asked the Rockford City Council if they would consider an ordinance allowing hens in City limits. By hatching season next spring he will have an answer. Currently farm animals are prohibited in the City, but council is taking on Raymond’s request and investigating what other cities are allowing. It has become increasingly popular for families to own a few hens for their eggs. Raymond said his family would prefer to have their own eggs to ensure the source of the product and that hormones and other additives have not been fed to the chickens.
According to City Manager Michael Young, Raymond proposed a very restrictive ordinance. “While I still have many questions and concerns, we committed to Mr. Raymond that we would work with him and other residents to put together a report to be presented to Council as this discussion continues,” Young stated. “The general timeframe that we would be working on is to discuss this matter through the winter months, which will allow Council to ultimately decide one way or another whether such an ordinance is in the best interest of the City by the spring of next year,” Young stated. “The timeframe was at Mr. Raymond’s suggestion because typically you would not order a batch of chicks during the cold weather months, so spring is an ideal time to resolve this matter.”