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The Plan Commission for the Verona City Council has put backyard chickens on their agenda for their upcoming meeting on:
Thursday, September 5th, 2013
at 6:30pm at City Hall

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We are a group of Verona, Wisconsin residents interested in having chickens within the city limits. After passing legislation in 2004, the city of Madison allows chickens to be kept at single-family dwellings. We are interested in Verona passing similar legislation. Madison's legislation states:

  • Up to four domestic fowl per single-family dwelling
  • No roosters
  • No slaughtering
  • Poultry shall be kept within a secure enclosure and not allowed to run free
  • Enclosures shall be located no closer than 25' from nearest neighbors residence
There are a lot of misconceptions about chickens. Many people have heard that chickens are noisy or smelly animals, however, chickens are generally quiet animals only squawking when they lay an egg, which is once a day. Chickens are also not smelly animals. This is not to say that their habitats cannot become stinky with neglect, just like anything else, but with proper care, they will remain happy, healthy, and odor free. Chickens also make great composters, so they can improve the quality of your lawn and garden. More information can be found on the Mad City Chickens FAQ page and on the other sites listed on our Resources page.