FANWOOD, NJ -- ​During the Monday, June 15, Fanwood Council meeting, Councilwoman Francine Glaser read from a memo from the Board of Health regarding backyard chickens.

The opinion of the board is that the detriments of backyard chickens outweigh the benefits because of the close proximity of properties in Fanwood, concerns about odors, food supplies that could attract rodents and birds of prey. The Board of Health had recommendations if the borough moves forward with the chicken ordinance:

  • Female hens only, no roosters (noise consideration)
  • Licensing
  • Limit of three chickens per household
  • Chickens must be confined to coops, which are subject to size and zoning limits (20 ft. from property line).
  • Coops must be kept clean and waste disposal must be put in metal containers
  • If the chickens become a nuisance, the license will be revoked.

“This is a continuation of our looking into this,” said Mayor Mahr, who forwarded a Dunellen ordinance to Ray Sullivan, the building department head.

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The next step is for the council to review the memo and have a discussion at the agenda meeting in July to determine if the council will move forward with the chicken ordinance and what form it is going to take.

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