Chickens in Clear Lake

Clear Lake Chickens

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa – It’s a growing trend, and something Natasha Wright wants to get in on.

“I just recently decided that I’d like to have some egg-laying chickens in my back yard,” says Natasha Wright of Clear Lake. But there’s one problem with her plan.

“I went to check the city ordinance to make sure it was okay and it’s not. It’s against city ordinance there’s no livestock allowed within city limits,” she explains.

Many other cities in Iowa do allow chickens, take neighboringMason City for example. That city ordinance has a 25 chicken limit.

The Tractor Supply Company sells chicks this time of year, and they’ve seen an uptick in the number of people wanting egg-laying chickens.

“People are really pushing to raise their own eggs to get back to the beginnings per say,” says Manager, Mark Smith.

And that’s exactly why Wright wants them at her home.

“They provide eggs and meat, it’s a great way to be sustainable and self-sustaining,” Wright adds.

So she’s taking action. Wright has already contacted her City Councilperson to see what can be done.

We spoke with Council Member Tony Nelson via e-mail.

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He told us he is open to discussion on allowing chickens within city limits, but told Wright:

“I cannot speak on behalf of my counterparts, but it will be very difficult to change or detract away from our current policies regarding livestock within city limits.”

But Wright is not letting that discourage her, she’s started a Facebook page to try and gain support from within theClear Lake community. She’s hoping if she can gather enough people and take the issue to the City Council, changes can be made.

Councilperson Nelson also informed us that in order for a change to be made the council would need to discuss and then vote appropriately on the matter.

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