Residents in this Iowa town asked to get rid of their chickens

A fowl situation is brewing in Ogden. Residents who own chickens are being told the birds must fly the coop.They received letters last month informing them it is unlawful to keep livestock within the city.Which goes against what they say city officials previously told them.”City Council members said, repeatedly “We know chickens have been around forever. We don’t have a problem with it, but it’s against the city code,” said Kari Sanculi, an Ogden resident who owns chickens.She and other residents who own chickens feel misled.Saying those who had roosters got rid of them. They say now the noise is minimal, while the benefits of owning chickens are bountiful.”You can eat the eggs. you can eat the chicken. You get fertilizer from the manure. They eat the bugs out of your yard, and keep the pests away,” said Wilfredo Fonseca, an Ogden resident who owns chickens.They say they have six months to get rid of their chickens.They know it seems the city has its mind made up and wants the chickens out. But they will not stop efforts to reach a compromise that lets the chickens stay.”We are going to use this grace period to see what the next step is,” Sanculi said.We have received no response to emails sent to Ogden’s mayor, city council, city administrator and city clerk .

A fowl situation is brewing in Ogden.

Residents who own chickens are being told the birds must fly the coop.

They received letters last month informing them it is unlawful to keep livestock within the city.

Which goes against what they say city officials previously told them.

“City Council members said, repeatedly, we know chickens have been around forever. We don’t have a problem with it, but it’s against the city code,” said Kari Sanculi, an Ogden resident who owns chickens.

She and other residents who own chickens feel misled.

Saying those who had roosters got rid of them.

They say now the noise is minimal, while the benefits of owning chickens are bountiful.

“You can eat the eggs. You can eat the chicken. You get fertilizer from the manure. They eat the bugs out of your yard, and keep the pests away,” said Wilfredo Fonseca, an Ogden resident who owns chickens.

They say they have six months to get rid of their chickens.

They know it seems the city has its mind made up and wants the chickens out.

But they will not stop efforts to reach a compromise that lets the chickens stay.

“We are going to use this grace period to see what the next step is,” Sanculi said.

We have received no response to emails sent to Ogden’s mayor, city council, city administrator and city clerk.

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