October 12, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Urban Chicken Procedures, Contact Info

Following City Council’s approval of an urban chicken ordinance on Oct. 4, the City would like to remind residents of rules laid out in the ordinance, as well as procedures to follow in the case of stray or deceased fowl.

The Springfield-Greene County Health Department will be responsible for enforcing the ordinance related to the animals themselves, including the number of birds, at-large animals, odors and abuse or neglect. Animal impoundment requirements are the same as that for cats and dogs. Impoundment fees are $31 for the first day, plus $10 each day or partial day thereafter. Shelter fees are required at time of pickup. Payment can be in cash, with debit card or with credit card. No coins, please. Applicable tickets will be issued at time of pickup.

There is a $20 fee for any animal dropped off at the Springfield-Greene County Health Department Animal Shelter. If a citizen is in possession of a stray chicken, Animal Control officers will come pick up the chicken for free, but they will not search for reported strays. Chicken carcasses may be discarded as trash.

The City’s Building Development Services Department will be responsible for enforcing the ordinance related to requirements for chicken enclosures and distances. BDS also will investigate reports of roosters or other fowl.

The number to call for complaints is the City’s main service request line at (417) 864-1010.

The Health Department has posted links on its website to a number of resources for those interested in establishing a safe residential chicken flock. The information comes from the University of Missouri Extension, and includes articles on disease prevention, egg safety, and managing a flock. Visit www.springfieldmo.gov/health for more information.

The new rules addressing the keeping of urban chickens are found under subsection 1-1331 of the Zoning Ordinance and under section 18-24 of the City Code. Highlights of the new rules include:

Media inquires – contact: Mike Brothers, Department of Public Information, (417) 864-1119.

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Department of Public Information

840 Boonville Avenue • P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801
417-864-1010 • Fax: 417-864-1114 • springfieldmo.gov