City votes no to chickens in Moline

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A proposal to let people have chickens in the city of Moline got shot down by city council on Tuesday, June 18, 2013. The board was asked to amend the city ordinance to allow residents to have four laying hens per property. Board members voted six to two against the proposal because of some concerns.

One being the chickens could attract predators and there’s no enforcement if someone violates the code.  Those who are for the proposal say there’s a benefit to having home-raised eggs.

Sharon Lynch who is for change to ordinance was disappointed by the board’s vote, “I don’t think all the members of the council really know what chickens are for and what they do.”

East Moline and Silvis both have city ordinances that allow chickens in the city.