Rapid City group proposes chicken ordinance - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City group proposes chicken ordinance


Every morning Nisa Kerr wakes up, heads out to her garden, and then feeds her chickens, a routine she's done for some time.
"I'll just raise them and they will be my next year's egg layers and I'll butcher the roosters and keep the hens,"said Kerr.
She uses the eggs for food, the chicken droppings for fertilizer, and even throws away table scraps that the chickens eat.

Kerr isn't the only one that realizes the potential of owning chickens.
"It is extremely important to me to have at least some self reliance and for my children to have a connection with their food, and to understand where their food is coming from and have some control over that,"said Rapid City Hens Member Brita Craven.
Craven is a chicken lover too, and a member of Rapid City Hens, the group that in 2011 proposed an ordinance to allow people to own chickens in Rapid City.

The ordinance did not pass and now members are looking to bring the issue to light once again.
"I think that this time with a little more education and more planning ahead of time to craft an ordinance this is going to make both sides happy and I think it will pass," said Rapid City Hen Member Savanna Steen.
Some city council members that once voted for the ordinance now have different feelings.
"I supported it but I promised my constituents I would not vote for it again,"said Ward 5 Councilwoman Bonny Petersen.

While some want to know more about it.

"I'm looking forward to asking the questions and becoming more knowledgeable." said Ward 3 Councilman Steve Laurenti.
The proposed ordinance doesn't mean chickens would be running around everywhere, if passed it would allow a maximum of six hens that would have to stay in the owners backyard.
"What our mission is really, is to educate people on the realities of urban hens and to ultimately craft a well crafted ordinance that Allows people in Rapid City to have up to six hens,"said Craven.

Wasta recently approved a similar ordinance.

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