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Downers Grove approves ordinance to raise hens

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

There is a battle brewing in the suburbs -- a chicken battle.

Some residents in Downers Grove want to be able to raise their own chickens on their lawns, but as you can expect, not all neighbors are in agreement with that.

The Village of Downers Grove approved an ordinance to allow residents with single family homes to have up to 4 hens.

Some love the idea.

"They make great pets and it’s a humane way to enjoy chickens and eat your own organic eggs, compared to the inhumane way of the factory where there’s six chickens to a cage,” said Laura Wernimont, who supports the ordinance.

People who have cleanliness concerns, or even allergies to farm animals, don't want their neighbors to own chickens.

However, under this ordinance a resident must have the consent of next door neighbors, pay a fee and get their neighbors consent every 5 years.

The Mayor reluctantly approved of that aspect of the proposal.

"Even though I oppose the neighborhood consent concept, I will support this ordinance as currently written...so that we can move this topic forward and get on to other things that our village staff is ready to work on,” said Downers Grove Mayor Martin Tully.

One resident FOX 32 spoke with said she plans on getting her own chickens.

The concern for chicken owners is that they will have to get permission from their neighbors every 5 years after they've invested time and money in their hens.

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