The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Fowl situation or blue-ribbon idea?

Everly council debates chickens in town


September 3, 2020


Several Iowa towns have rules on the books allowing chickens inside city limits, but Everly isn't one of them.

Everly officials are reviewing a proposal that could make local backyards resemble barnyards.

The city council on Aug. 17 discussed a suggestion from a resident to allow a limited number of chickens at homes in town. No decision was made, but the council agreed to gather more information before moving forward or dropping the issue altogether.

"I could see a lot of problems with it," said Council Member Cheri Hoye. "The smell, for one...they really stink if it's not cleaned regularly. I'm not in favor of it."

Several Iowa towns allow residential chickens if owners adhere to strict restricti...

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