Chickens could be coming to backyards in Mundelein in 2024

The village board approves new rules Monday requiring $100 one-year licenses, and only 20 will be available. Sales of meat and eggs will also be barred.

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Chickens peck around for some food in their home in Andy Atwell’s Barrington backyard.

Chickens peck around for some food in their home in Andy Atwell’s Barrington backyard.

Daily Herald (file)

Mundelein residents will be allowed to keep chickens in backyard coops starting next year.

But there are limits to the policy, which was approved by the village board Monday night.

For example, annual licenses that cost $100 and expire each Dec. 31 are required. Only 20 will be available.

Additionally, roosters are prohibited. That’s a standard noise-reducing rule for suburbs that allow egg-producing hens to be kept at homes. Also, chickens only are allowed on single-family properties that are at least 6,000 square feet in size.

Selling eggs or meat is prohibited, as is breeding or slaughtering chickens or making for commercial purposes, among other activities.

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