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Continued: June 19: Some Minneapolis/St. Paul suburbs start to allow backyard chicken coops

  • Article by: SHANNON PRATHER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 13, 2013 - 10:02 PM

“The council wanted their neighbors to have some say,” said City Administrator Jim Keinath.

Farmington limits chickens to larger residential properties zoned R-1. The Farmington Planning and Zoning Commission must approve applications. The commission heard its first request last week.

“I don’t expect it will go gangbusters,” said assistant city planner Tony Wippler. “There is a select group of people who raise chickens and I don’t think it’s widespread. I do know more and more communities are doing these things.”

Reinhardt said he decided he wanted chickens after seeing them in friends’ back yards.

“I kind of like them. They made me feel relaxed,” said the disabled army veteran.

He said he’s looking forward to the homegrown eggs. He’s embraced the homegrown food movement and feels the less chemicals and pesticides, the better.

He anticipates his hens will lay about two dozen eggs a week. He uses the manure to fertilize his large vegetable garden.

His four hens, which he bought as chicks, are four different breeds — a gold star, silver laced wine dot, Americana, and Rhode Island red.

“I don’t have names for them, but I know their personalities. I know how they act. “

 

Shannon Prather • 612-673-4804

 

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