City of Dayton survey on raising backyard chickens

Backyard chickens. (Photo/Media General)
Backyard chickens. (Photo/Media General)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The City of Dayton is asking residents for their opinion on permitting chickens to be raised on their property.

A ban is currently in effect, preventing chickens to be raised, but city leaders may lift that ban if there is enough support for it.

The issue is a part of the mayor’s initiative to promote healthy eating and sustainable living. The Department of Planning and Community Development is seeking resident input and feedback on these zoning changes.

“It’s an opportunity on this idea on what a ‘green’ community means; you know, farm-to-table – and not roosters, we’re not talking about roosters – but chickens that can be in the backyard and you can have eggs every day. That’s a more sustainable way to take care of your family and be more ‘green’,” said Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

The the results of the city’s survey will be made public following the survey’s closing date, April 7.

If the initiative is approved, the process would come into effect within a year. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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