Roosters henpecked by council

March 10, 2009 4:56:26 AM PDT
Chapel Hill says it's okay for residents to keep small chicken farms on their property, but no roosters.Town Council voted Monday night to allow small-scale chicken farming inside town limits.

Until now, chickens were only allowed in low-density zoning districts, meaning only about 140 households could keep them. The new rules expand that to over seven thousands homes.

Town planners say only about 10 to 20 households currently keep chickens.

Roosters were banned because they're generally much noisier than hens.