Council votes against ordinance to allow urban chickens

Cage-free chickens walk in a fenced pasture on the Francis Blake organic farm, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, near Waukon, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)  Council voted against an ordinance that would allow residents to own and keep urban chickens.

Councilman Jason Arp says he modeled the ordinance after Valparaiso’s regulations, which limit the number of chickens being kept. Arp said his ordinance has restrictions including a ban on roosters. Neighborhood association restrictions would apply.

The final vote was 7-2. Councilman Arp and Councilman Paul Ensley were the only two councilmen in favor of the ordinance.