After months of careful study and discussion of issues—including "rooster rights"—the Warren Township Committee approved an ordinance setting limits on how many chickens residents can count after they're hatched...on an acre-and-a-half of property.
The ordinance was passed unanimously and without further comment at the Dec. 13 meeting.
The committee began discussing the issue after hearing complaints from residents about neighbors raising fowl and creating disturbances. Using a similar ordinance from Hopewell Township, the committee adjusted the permitted numbers of chickens, geese, ducks and other fowl that will be permitted within the township.
The committee removed sections of the ordinance that would have applied to other farm animals.
Also, the ordinance does not affect residents who had been raising fowl before passage of the ordinance, "grandfathering" such activities in.