Many St Louis suburbs have had city councils deciding pro or con on whether or not residents may keep chickens in their yards. Most municipalities have eventually agreed, with stipulations, that it is ok. Now it's Litchfield's turn.
"For the past six months, four chickens and a duck have lived in a coop behind Kyle and Sarah Fuhrmann’s house. Together, they contribute more than one thousand eggs per year, and cost just five dollars per month to care for."
But then, "Several weeks ago, the family received a letter from the city, along with blown up photos of their chickens, stating the Fuhrmanns had ten days to get rid of them."
Since 1999 the city has had an ordinance banning backyard chickens and no one has any memory of why this was put in place. But now this family has been working to create an ordinance permitting the chickens which will go first to the planning commission and then to the board of aldermen.
This chicken raising has become a common practice in many places and I'd bet the Fuhrmann's will soon be allowed to keep them.
There was a time in our history, the WW1 years, when keeping chickens was promoted.