Rapid City Hens organization will propose pilot program to City - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City Hens organization plans to propose hen pilot program to City


Members of a group who want the right to raise backyard hens within Rapid City limits are continuing their fight. For months, members of Rapid City Hens have been educating the public and holding meetings. Now they are ready to present a hen–raising pilot program to the city council.

There have been concerns about the noise and smell of chickens and what it might do to a property's value and image but backyard chicken supporters says those are misconceptions. They say raising urban chickens is a healthier food option, it's sustainable and the experience is educational for children.  

Nisa Kerr, a leader in the Rapid City Hens, says they are presenting a plan to the Rapid City council."We are presenting a pilot program to the city council," said Kerr. "It's where you sign up to have to up to six backyards hens and you meet the requirements."   

Kerr says they are proposing a three year trial on backyard hens and if it works out they will push for an official city ordinance. "We are going to try it and make sure it's successful," said Kerr. 

Rapid City Hens' members will propose their pilot program first to the legal and finance committee on April 16th and then to the city council on April 21st.

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