Congratulations, New Haveners! You can now raise up to six hens (not roosters!) in your backyard. Awesome.
Alderman Roland Lemar emerged as the "Chicken Champion" for his support of the comprehensive legislation that includes strict requirements on hen houses. Other alders suggested requiring urban chicken farmers to seek permission before setting up coops.
From the sound of it, a great deal of time and expert opinion went into the crafting of the legislation. As it stands, coops must be at least 15 feet away from human residences.
The Independentreports: "As the lengthy discussion drew to a close, some aldermen burst out clucking noises when the motion to vote on the ordinance was finally made."