Franklin homeowner wants rules changed to allow her to raise hens

A Franklin woman wants to be able to get freshly laid eggs from her backyard for breakfast and teach her kids about where their food comes from.

But under current city rules, Kathy Thomas isn’t allowed to build a coop and raise chickens at her Graham Street home. She is asking for the city to consider a change.

Raising chickens in urban areas is a growing trend nationwide. Many communities — including Indianapolis, Bloomington and Brownsburg — allow residents to raise chickens.

Current Franklin zoning rules don’t allow residents to raise non-domestic animals such as chickens, rabbits or pigs within city limits. City council members are divided on whether to allow chicken coops and laying hens in neighborhoods and want to know if more people would be interested in raising small animals, such as chickens or rabbits.


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