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Domestic chickens ordinance passes Ferguson Township board

A Ferguson Township rule allowing domestic chickens passed a board of supervisors vote July 18, clearing the way for residents to keep poultry on their properties.
A Ferguson Township rule allowing domestic chickens passed a board of supervisors vote July 18, clearing the way for residents to keep poultry on their properties. Centre Daily Times, file

A Ferguson Township rule allowing domestic chickens passed a board of supervisors vote July 18, clearing the way for residents to keep poultry on their properties.

Supervisors added some final tweaks to the ordinance about a month ago, following extensive discussion of the law at the beginning of June.

The rule provides for the keeping of up to six hens for personal use only, according to township documents — no roosters. Housing for the chickens can be no closer than 10 feet from the side or rear property lines — no front yards allowed.

Three square feet per chicken is required in a chicken coop, the ordinance said, with a maximum of 144 square feet. Chickens must be confined.

A zoning permit and fee are required, the ordinance said, as the board also voted that a one-time $25 fee will be charged. The permit process was likened to other accessory structure permits, following the same fee structure.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews

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