Lake Country chickens can come home, for now

An urban chicken bylaw will be discussed at the Feb. 19 council meeting

The District of Lake Country is allowing a family to keep their pet chickens, for now.

Maggie Wright received an email from Winfield Coun. Jerremy Kozub, stating that her children could have their chickens back, as long as the rooster didn’t come with them.

Kozub said the bylaw will be discussed during the Feb. 19 regular council meeting.

Bylaw has also held off on enforcing the current bylaw, until a decision is made from council whether to amend the current bylaw or leave it, he said.

Wright’s two daughters were distraught when they discovered that they couldn’t keep their pet chickens on their property.

The originally got the chickens from elementary school, but a problem arose when one grew into a rooster and began to crow.

When doing her research for chicken keeping, Wright said she couldn’t find any bylaws in Lake Country about urban chickens, but Vernon allows up to a maximum of four. Kelowna allows up to 10 chickens in residential urban areas if the lot is a half acre, or larger, in size.

According to Lake Country’s bylaws, chickens are currently not allowed in urban residential zones, but do allow them on rural residential properties and in urban housing zones.

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