Chickens In Riverton

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Riverton leaders are considering allowing people to keep chickens in their backyards. The Riverton City Council voted 5-1 to start a process of lifting restrictions on fowl in city limits. Some residents have requested the change. Councilman Todd Smith said changing the rules would allow people to have fresh eggs and meat and help them provide for their families. But councilwoman Mary Ellen Christensen wondered whether people who oppose daycares being allowed in their neighborhoods would be open to having chicken coups next door. Roosters may be still be barred by the revised restrictions, which will be discussed at a hearing on Jan. 8.