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Get clucking with the new chicken ordinance

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Monday’s town council meeting began with an ill attended public hearing on amending the regulations on backyard chickens. Council voted unanimously on the advertised proposal with only one minor change that councilman Moncure moved on after a citizen’s request, removing the setback requirement from the home of the person who owns the chickens.

The new regulations allow citizens in town to own up to four chickens (hens), but no roosters. The hens must be housed twenty five feet from the owner’s property line, and one hundred feet from neighboring homes.

The ordinance change comes at a time where many families are economically challenged, and organic egg prices are soaring between 4 and 5 dollars per dozen. Several stores in Blackstone carry feed, but only the General Store carries certified organic according to the merchants contacted at the time of this article.

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