Tecumseh Ends Urban Hen Project

Wednesday December 15th, 2021

Posted at 10:28am

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The Town of  Tecumseh’s experiment with urban chickens is coming to an end as of March 1st, 2022. This comes after town council voted to end the two-year pilot program at their meeting Tuesday evening.

Since the Town initiated the pilot project, which allowed urban residents to obtain licences to keep chickens, the town says that 13 permits for the keeping of a total of 76 hens have been issued. Two property owners later withdrew their licences.

There were complaints that the conditions at three other properties were attractive for rodents. Two of the owners had their licences revoked and the third was assisted in removing the hens. Administering the licensing program and responding to complaints took significant staff resources, so the recommendation was made to end it.

Town officials will now give notice to the current licence holders to find other suitable homes for their hens. The eight current licence holders will also have to remove chicken coops and runs from their properties.

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