Most communities in the Riverbend have ordinances prohibiting backyard chickens in residential areas, but with Alton considering allowing the practice, at least one neighboring town has a mayor that would be open to the possibility of doing the same. Having backyard chickens is a growing trend across the nation, and Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick says if there were a call by residents to allow the fowl, he would give them an opportunity to plead their case.
Opponents of backyard chickens cite noise, odor and disease as the main reasons for their stance, but those are addressed in a recent article debunking seven myths about backyard chickens. You can read that report by following the link below:
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