Wednesday 25th November 2020

Two Marshall residents approached the Marshall City Council during its meeting on Monday, November 16, and asked about the possibility of them raising backyard chickens.

Cynthia Mickenberg said she spoke with a couple of the council members about changing the city’s ordinance to allow the raising of backyard chickens. She said earlier this year when she lived on the west coast, she stood in line at a grocery store, and when she made it inside, most of the shelves were barren. So, she said she started thinking about what she needed to do to secure food for her family.

Mickenberg said there are a lot of other cities in Missouri that already have ordinances that allow backyard chickens. She also provided a copy of Kansas City’s ordinance to allow the raising of backyard chickens.

Rachel Leavitt said it’s a growing trend across the country.

Two different councilmen said they did not see a problem with what is being proposed, except for perhaps limiting the number of chickens allowed.

The council said it will do some research and get back with the residents.