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5 Chickens in a Brentwood Backyard for 3 Years: Owner Just Learned They're not Allowed

Angie Hulshoff will be at the Public Works meeting on Wednesday to speak for her birds.

Brentwood resident and backyard chicken keeper Angie Hulshoff, in the 8700 block of Rosalie Avenue, has had chickens for three years. She said she was told by a city official at the time it was OK.

Recently someone complained, and she learned there’s an ordinance against keeping chickens. Now she wants to do all she can to keep her birds.

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“I love what it teaches my kids,” she said. “Learning to care for animals teaches them empathy and compassion. What’s more important than that?”

She started out with two hens, and now has five.

“They give us these delicious eggs that don’t even compare to store-bought eggs,” she said. “It’s such a win-win, win-win-win.”

The board of aldermen on Monday voted to let her keep the chickens until there is a ruling on possibly overturning the ordinance. The topic is on the Public Works agenda for Wednesday’s meeting.

Also in Patch:

  • Meet the Patch Chickens
  • VIDEO: Chickens Get Care From Young MRH Researchers
  • Chicken-Keepers Flock to Maplewood Chickenfest

 

 

 

Mr. Completely January 09, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Brentwood has more experience dealing with Turkeys and Vultures. Maybe the city could install a 300K water feature in her back yard so the chickens could have a swim or bath. I'd bet the neighbors near 8700 Rosalie wouldn't describe the thrill of living next to 5 chickens as win-win, win, win-win-win.
Angie January 09, 2013 at 01:01 PM
I understand Brentwood has more serious issues to deal with but this issue found it's way to my doorstep and I'm dealing with it the best I can. I didn't run out looking for attention but I'm also not gonna just give up without a fight no matter how trivial the issue may seem.
Philip Scherry January 09, 2013 at 02:16 PM
The neighboring municipalities of Rock Hill and Webster do allow for chickens, with certain regulations. Rock Hill classifies them as 'pets', and any house is allowed only 4 pets. So as long as you don't have roosters its ok. Webster is a bit more complicated. Look at their City code Section 33.205.
Gary K Lee January 09, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Maplewood allows up to six hens - no roosters and no slaughtering allowed. You have to get a free permit from the city hall, which gives the city permission to come in to check on the chickens if neglect is suspected. Try to get them to create an ordinance similar to Maplewood's. Even St. Louis city allows chickens. Most people's concern is that there will be no smell and no noise. That's why roosters aren't allowed. Keeping the roost cleaned out on a regular basis will take care of the smell. We compost what we clean out of the roost and cover it so it won't stink. The material has to break down a few months before you can use it in the garden because it could burn the plants if fresh.

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