ERIE -- This town on Boulder County's eastern border became one of the final municipalities in the county to give the green light to backyard chickens, passing a hen-friendly ordinance Tuesday evening that will allow the animals as an accessory use.
The limit will be half a dozen hens with a coop and enclosed run required. No roosters will be permitted, and homeowners won't be allowed to kill chickens on site.
The presence of backyard fowl in Erie is likely to be limited due to the fact that most of the town's 20,000 residents live in homeowner association-controlled neighborhoods, which will have the discretion to outlaw chickens under their bylaws.
Louisville last week approved on first reading an ordinance that will permit backyard chickens there, with on-site slaughtering privileges to boot. It will take up the measure for a final vote on Nov. 4.
If Louisville's ordinance passes in two weeks, all the major cities and towns in Boulder County will have legal chicken regulations on their books.