Concord City council has approved a pilot program to allow chickens on urban lots that are less than 1 acre in size.
For the next 21 months Concord residents will be able to keep five hens, but no roosters due to noise concerns.
After 21 months the ordinance will be reevaluated to determine if issues raised at the hearing are worth worrying about.
Ben Leubsdorf covered the vote for the Concord Monitor.
Leubsdorf: well some of the city councilors were concerned about chickens getting loose in the neighborhood, one councilor expressed concern about smells; he was concerned that could create problems for neighbors.
The ordinance was based on a similar rule in South Portland Maine, but raising urban chickens is also legal in New York City.