Wilson ordinance says chickens should be cooped; some residents disagree

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

WILSON, OK - Hazel Walker says she's kept chickens in Wilson since she moved there 65 years ago.

"Well, mainly to lay eggs," said Walker. "I had twelve kids so I couldn't afford to buy eggs every day."

With her children grown, Walker keeps the chickens for pleasure. But Monday she said the city gave her a wake up call.

"The dog catcher said that the guy up here on the corner was complaining about the chickens getting in his yard," said Walker.

A Wilson city ordinance said that residents can keep chickens, they just have to live in a coop. Wilson Mayor Frank Schaaf's main concern is that the chickens are wandering into the school yard.

"The droppings themselves could carry, very possibly carry disease, and kids step in them," said Schaaf.

He adds that they're stopping traffic.

"There have been many times when I myself have had to go around them because they've been in the road, or in the school parking lot," Schaaf said.

The ordinance said coops must be enclosed and located 100 feet from neighbors. Walker's family has helped her build a coop, but she's not happy about using it.

"The way I see it, chickens are supposed to run around and eat bugs," said Walker. "And we have a lot of grasshoppers."

For Mayor Schaaf it all comes down to being considerate and safe.

"Have a little bit of common courtesy and respect for your neighbors in the community," Schaaf said."Take a little bit of pride in it."

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