Columbia City Council will hold a public hearing at 11 a.m. Wednesday on whether to allow residents to keep chickens in their yards.
The topic is expected to attract supporters and opponents as council members get their first briefing on a proposal to regulate home chicken rearing. Chickens are currently not permitted. Council will not vote on the subject.
No roosters — which make loud noises — would be permitted under the proposed ordinance. The chickens would be allowed for egg-laying purposes. (Chickens don’t need roosters to lay eggs.)
Council is expected to consider a lengthy agenda in their Wednesday meeting, which begins at 9 a.m. But the council is expected to hold its chicken hearing at 11, or soon after.
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The hearing will be on the third floor of city hall in the council’s 220-person person meeting room. No chickens are expected to attend.