Are chickens pets or poultry? Members of Bexley City Council's zoning committee are turning to the community's residents to help answer that question.

Are chickens pets or poultry?

Members of Bexley City Council's zoning committee are turning to the community's residents to help answer that question.

Following a lengthy discussion during the Sept. 28 zoning committee meeting, chairman Rick Weber invited residents to speak out on the issue during the next committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in city council chambers.

The issue came up when a resident filed an anonymous complaint with the city about a neighbor who has chickens in a backyard. After hearing from the city's law director and animal-control officer, committee members concluded that Bexley has no law on the books to specifically address raising chickens within city limits.

Bexley animal-control officer Amy Jennings said attempting to address the issue through the city's noise, noxious-odors or animal-at-large ordinances would be "vague" at best.

Weber said he is hopeful that input from the community during the Oct. 26 meeting would help committee members determine if legislation is needed to prohibit, permit or restrict chicken ownership in the city.

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