No chickens in Minot city limits.
By a narrow margin, Minot City Council voted NOT to look any further into a request to change an ordinance which would allow hens.
(Jennifer Kleen/KX News)
It was not for a lack of trying, but with a 6-8 vote against allowing hens in city limits –
the discussion is closed – for now.
Those hoping to have a backyard flock spoke in support tonight.
(Linda Olson, Minot) “Animals known to commonly spread salmonella include horses, cats, dogs, turtles, lizards and snakes. We don’t regulate these in our city. So I think it’s erroneous to think that for that reason we should not have backyard hens.”
(Sarah Bloom, Minot) “Hens in the city is a very modern idea, but it is also a very old fashioned idea and I think that Minot can get with the times and get in touch with their heritage.”
A motion was made to look into an ordinance which would have included enclosures, no roosters and no slaughter in city limits.
It was looking into that ordinance that failed 6-8.
The city of Minot has not allowed chickens since 1984.