In Berlin, Md.,
The ordinance would permit residents to keep up to six female chickens as long as they are kept in a pen, with shelter, no less than 25 feet from any town residence. The pens for the chickens — which must be registered with the Maryland Department of Agriculture — must be kept free of odors and materials that might attract rodents.
The decision to allow pet poultry within town limits comes after the Board of Zoning Appeals ruled in October that an Ann Drive woman could not keep her two chickens and three ducks. The board upheld the decision of town staff, who believed she was in violation of town codes that prohibited “the business of keeping poultry” in a residential district.
Aside: This is in chicken country, where the “business of keeping pountry” is big business involving thousands of chickens and lots of their–er–by-products.