Newburgh to Allow Backyard Chickens

Historic Newburgh is used to traveling back in time, to celebrate its past but in council chambers, they're only going back on themselves; a short three years ago when chickens roamed the backyard.

Fluffy fowls won't be crossing the road in Newburgh, but they could be living in a backyard next to you. Town Council turns the table on a recent ordinance, allowing coops with as many as six hens.

With the help of neighbor Courtney Marx, who has four hens of his own, Newburgh votes to keep his coop, and as many as six chickens for anyone who pays a $5 fee.

Chickens would be required to be kept in the backyard of the property, no roosters are allowed, chickens kept must be secured, there only one coop per home, a shelter must be provided, and coops can't be any closer than 50 feet to your neighbor.

Town leaders say the change comes with more people looking for farm-to-table food.

“I see this as something that is important to people,” says Council President, Leanna Hughes, “People are interested in this whole movement now.”

Newburgh's ordinance is modeled after Evansville's ahich also allows six chickens.


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