Hats off to the Evanstoners who worked so hard for the right to the pursuit of avian happiness in their own backyards!
On September 28, 2010, Evanston city council voted 6 to 3 to allow residents to have chickens, overturning a 36-year ban on chicken keeping. Residents will keep hens for eggs, fertilizer, and as pets.
There’s a catch, though: residents will have to pay a $50 licensing fee to keep hens.
Concerns included noise, small, rodent infestation, and predators; however, chicken supporters surveyed officials in 20 locales where chicken keeping is legal, and officials reported satisfaction with the existing laws.
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