Moline aldermen to consider backyard chickens

MOLINE — Aldermen in the western Illinois city of Moline are getting ready to decide whether residents should be allowed to own chickens within city limits.

A proposal that's up for an initial vote during Tuesday night's council meeting would let city residents have as many as four egg-laying hens. The chickens would only be allowed in an enclosed area of a backyard at single-family homes. Owners would also have to have a license for the birds and pay a $50 annual fee.

The Moline Dispatch reports the birds, along with geese, ducks, turkeys and guinea hens, are illegal to own in Moline, but are allowed in several other communities.

People who are found with the illicit fowl can face fines that reach $750.

Moline has about 43,000 residents.