Winamac Resident Seeks Support for Chicken Ordinance

A Winamac resident is leading the charge to allow chickens within the town limits. Arwen Fair says lots of large cities, including Fort Wayne, South Bend and Chicago, allow backyard chickens. She and her husband, Gene, didn’t realize chickens were prohibited in downtown Winamac when they first moved here. The town only allows residents to keep dogs and cats as outdoor pets. Fair has spearheaded a petition drive to gauge support for her plan before approaching the Winamac Town Council. She says she favors reasonable limits on the number of chickens that can be kept and thinks they need to be appropriately fenced and contained.