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Curious about whether you or your neighbors can own chickens in your city? Here are the rules for River Falls, Hudson and New Richmond. 

River Falls

A public hearing was held on June 22, 2010 to hear from the community on the topic of residential chicken ownership. Those who agreed and disagreed voiced their perspectives on the ordinance. Ultimately, the council did not approve the ordinance and has not revisited the topic. 


In November of 2013, the Hudson City Council enacted an ordinance regarding conditions for certain residential properties to “safely keep and maintain a limited number of chickens to provide eggs for household use; to assure appropriate chicken coops or structures in which to house chickens; and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the general population of the city of Hudson.” Some of the requirements are

  • Coops must be kept in a rear yard and cannot exceed 30 sq. feet. 

  • There must be at least one nesting box for every two chickens and 3 sq. feet per chicken. 

  • No more than five chickens and there may be no roosters or male chickens.

  • No eggs can be sold on site

The full outline of requirements can be found in the municipal code. 

For the first year, a permit costs $50 and $20 each year it is renewed, which can be done yearly starting in January. 

New Richmond

A New Richmond council member partnered with City Planning and Community Development and a resident in 2012 to research the topic of residential chickens and presented the board with a recommendation.

The ordinance states “chickens are allowed on all residential lots, with the permission

of 75% of abutting property owners, and a license from the City of New Richmond.” 

  • Three hens are allowed on lots of less than a half acre and five hens allowed on lots of greater than a half acre.

  • No roosters are allowed.

  • The coop cannot exceed 64 sq. feet and be no taller than 8 feet with a minimum of 3 sq. feet per chicken.

The motion to approve the ordinance passed on a 4-2 vote. The initial fee for a permit is $75 and the annual renewal fee is $15. Permits expire annually after June 30th. 

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