Ramsey council allows for more chickens

There could be more fresh eggs on Ramsey kitchen tables this summer now that the Ramsey City Council has approved allowing chickens on properties smaller than three acres.

The council unanimously approved an ordinance amendment June 12 that changes the number of chickens allowed on smaller properties. Councilmember David Elvig was absent.

Under the ordinance amendment, residents on the smallest acreage can keep up to six hens, said Chris Anderson, associate planner.

As the acreage increases, so does the number of chickens allowed. For residents with 2.75 to 2.99 acres, the proposed maximum number of chickens is 48 hens. But no roosters will be allowed.

The ordinance also includes a measure covering hens that spontaneously begin to crow, Anderson said.

While the new ordinance amendment does not go into effect until mid-July, the city is not actively enforcing the non-domestic animal ordinance regulations when it comes to chickens, said City Administrator Kurt Ulrich.

The new ordinance amendment also allows residents to keep bee hives with a permit.

Tammy Sakry is at tammy.sakry@ecm-inc.com

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