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City will allow up to five backyard hens


The Hudson City Council on a 4-2 vote Monday night adopted a long-debated ordinance allowing a limited number of residents to keep a handful of chickens in backyard pens.

The ordinance allows up to five hens to be kept in a coop with less than 30 square feet of floor area and a fenced run not to exceed 50 square feet. No roosters will be allowed.

People who want to keep chickens will have to obtain a city permit, and a maximum of 15 permits will be issued in 2014.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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