Chicken debate hatching in Glendale

Posted at 9:40 PM, Jan 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-23 01:01:30-05

The City Council this week asked staff members to draw up a plan to allow hens, but not roosters, in residentially-zoned neighborhoods.

Hens and roosters are currently barred from most residential properties, based on zoning code.

Some exceptions include agriculturally-zoned properties.

"Here in our neighborhood at least, dogs make more noise than the chickens do," Brienne McDowell, a former chicken owner, said.

Two years ago, she owned three chickens before city workers told her the chickens violate city code.

"They tasted better," she said of the chickens' eggs. She also used the birds as an educational tool for her then two-year-old son.

The Glendale City Council would get the final say on any change.

Nick Duran hopes they decide against it.

"I just don't think they should be in residential [neighborhoods]," Duran said.

Phoenix, Gilbert, Mesa, Peoria, Scottsdale, and Tempe allow chickens in residential neighborhoods, according to Glendale staff documents. Chandler, like Glendale, does not, the documents state.