backyard chickens

Rhinelander has joined at least two other area communities in allowing small numbers of chickens, but the approval has restrictions.

Jen Van Order asked the city a few months ago to change laws to allow up to 4 hens, no roosters in confined space. She has worked with city officials on the proposal. During a hearing at last night's council meeting, she says hens are less loud than barking dogs and, she says, cleaner. Property owners would need a special permit...

A proposal to be able to house chickens inside Rhinelander will return to committee.

Jen VanOrder of River Street asked to establish an ordinance allowing 4 or less hens at a private residence. She listed a number of positives health and environmental reasons for the change including healthier food.

She says most people are concerned about waste and noise...

"...a flock of 4-5 chickens are just as clean, if not cleaner, than one medium-sized pet dog, and they produce about the same amount of waste as a medium-sized pet dog.