Those hoping for Backyard Chickens in more urban areas like Simcoe and Port Dover will likely be in a “fowl” mood now.
Norfolk County Council voted Tuesday not to allow these birds in urban areas and even axed their trial run of allowing backyard hens in Hamlet area.
Two deputations were given on the matter, with Andrew Moore speaking to council hoping to sway their opinion on the matter.
He understands there could be some risks involved but also notes that several other cities across the province allow chickens in backyards with no problems.
All he wanted was a chance.
On the opposite side was Tamra Smith who spoke against the idea.
She did not like thinking about squawking birds next door or the potential odour that could tag along with it.
Perhaps most importantly, she did not like the risk it could put on her if her neighbour had chickens.
She also expressed concerns about property values plummeting with neighbours having chickens.
Council ultimately shot down the idea and even scrapped their policy of allowing chickens in Hamlet areas along the way as the Councillor Michael Columbus put forth a motion that stated chickens could only be permitted in Agricultural Zones.
Columbus stated one of his reasons for this decision stemmed from a recent visit to a resident trying to sell a home on the outskirts of Delhi.
Their neighbour had chickens and the stench and flies were overwhelming.
Last summer Norfolk County allowed people living in Hamlet areas to own chickens on a trial basis and have received no complaints.
That being said, the county did not track any information regarding the issue so they do not know if anyone in a hamlet area took part in the trial.