The City of Brooklyn Park is considering a code change to allow chickens at residential properties. Keeping chickens on a small scale would allow residents to be closer to their food sources. This means access to fresh eggs for individual use and consumption. Up to four hens would be allowed – no roosters. Chickens require daily care and and owners must keep the coops and runs clean. The proposed ordinance would address these kinds of concerns.
Note: not every household will want chickens.
2021 Survey Results
We asked Brooklyn Park residents what they thought about chickens in the 2021 resident survey. Residents were asked:
“Would you support or oppose the City allowing up to four female chickens, but not roosters, in residential backyards with proper regulation, such as having a chicken coop?”
The results are as follows:
- 13% Strongly Support
- 54% Support
- 17% Oppose
- 5% Strongly Oppose
- 11% Don’t Know/Refused
Now that we have your feedback, here are the next steps:
- Watch the public hearing from the March 28 City Council meeting.
- Attend or watch the continuation of Public Hearing & First Reading of Proposed ordinance on April 11
- UPDATE: The Council tabled consideration of the First Reading of the Ordinance to a later date. That date is yet to be determined.
Did you know?
- Chickens are currently allowed in Brooklyn Park if you have a property larger than 5 acres.
- In the early 20th century, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommended raising chickens in even the smallest of backyards.
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