Should Grayslake Allow Backyard Chickens?

The Graysake village board this past Tuesday decided to table any decision on permitting backyard hens to allow for more time to research the measure, according to the Daily Herald. 

Evan Mittlestaedt, 11, and Natalie Sturm, 15, both of Grayslake, helped bring the backyard chicken issue to the village's attention with Evan meeting with Mayor Rhett Taylor in August 2012 and Natalie and her mother bringing a proposal before the plan commission/zoning board of appeals, according to the article.

As part of a proposal discussed during Tuesday's meeting, homeowners would be allowed to have up to six egg-laying hens that would need to be fenced in a 6-square-foot coop, which was at least eight feet from any neighboring property, according to the article. 


To view the Grayslake Village Board meeting minutes, click here. To view the Committee of the Whole meeting minutes, please click here.


Le Avion March 09, 2014 at 11:45 PM
@snl, the sad fact is that Chicago (i.e. The City) allows growing chicken in the back yard. It will be very ironic if we will not be allowed to grow them in the suburb, especially one that was so rural until relatively recently.
Paula Casey March 10, 2014 at 12:26 AM
I'm not necessarily against the idea of chickens. In fact, I'm surprised backyard chickens are not already allowed given Grayslake's rural past, but it is not so rural anymore. Unfortunately, as Jon said, not everyone is considerate of their neighbors. I happen to have wonderful neighbors and I try to be the same. We moved here for my husband's job and while I'm not from a "city", I have never lived near chickens. Yes I am naive about backyard chickens and want some assurance. The ones I have been around seemed dirty and smelly. As I said before, if that would be the case, I would not want to live near them. There are rules for dogs to try and limit problems. I feel it should be the same for chickens.
Ravana March 10, 2014 at 03:13 PM
Isn't this the second time they tabled it? It would be nice if they'd pass it before spring so folks could purchase chicks more easily.
kathleen March 10, 2014 at 03:49 PM
Get those kids to start a petition and advertise it on The Patch. I want hens, too!
Cheer Dad! March 13, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Its March 12, Why is Mar. 6th backyard chicken news still a main headline post? again and again? This has become a common problem in recent months on patch, old news reposted Thursday- Monday is pretty lousy too. Anyone else worn out yet?


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