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Continued: Farmington relents, will finally allow backyard chickens

  • Article by: ERIN ADLER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 23, 2013 - 1:54 PM

“I know it’s been a long road and we’ve not made it easy,” she said.

Kaas said that although he was pleased the ordinance passed, having three animals isn’t really conducive to showing chickens at the Dakota County or State Fair, where they must be shown in lots of two.

“So now I’ll only be able to show one lot of chickens and one will be left out,” he said.

His mother, Nell Kaas, who grew up on a chicken farm, noted that three chickens will produce only about three eggs a day, “which isn’t really worth it.”

But, “We’ll be patient. We’ll hope they’ll up [the number of chickens allowed] next year,” she said.

Though it remains to be seen how many Farmington residents will actually be interested in raising chickens and apply for permits — the city of Eagan approved backyard chickens last October but has issued only one permit so far — the handful of teens at the meeting all said they can’t wait to get started.

“I’m going to start building my coop tonight!” said Lerew Kaas.

Erin Adler • 952-746-3283

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