Chicken-friendly Fruita

The city that celebrates a long-dead headless chicken each year is making it easier for residents to keep live chickens.

Following a vote by the Fruita City Council Tuesday night, Fruita residents will no longer need to pay a fee and obtain a permit to keep chickens at their homes within city limits.

Roosters aren’t allowed within the city limits. And no more than six chickens per dwelling unit will be allowed in high-density residential areas. Proponents of alleviating the chicken rules and fees argued for the benefits of free-range chickens and their eggs.

There’s no need to question which came first in Fruita — the chicken lovers or City Council attempts to regulate them. The council apparently decided it was better to make it easier for city residents to own chickens than for council members to end up with egg on their faces over a fowl dispute.


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