Legislators could introduce new regulations during the next legislative session.
The new restrictions come after city council members voted on a proposed amendment to the city’s animal ordinance Tuesday night.
Mayor Jim Lienhoop says the city has never had a way to limit chickens and hopes the new ordinance will be an effective way to do that.
Several cities and towns in Indiana have passed ordinances allowing for backyard chicken keeping in residential areas.
The rules focus in part on how much space animals have to do their normal behaviors. For chickens, that means access to open dirt, and room to perch.
A proposed amendment to the city's animal care ordinance would classify chickens as farm animals and ban them from being kept within city limits.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is partnering with the USDA to address the ongoing outbreak of avian flu in Dubois County.
Restrictions still in place will require residents to obtain a permit from the city to raise chickens, while many neighborhoods prohibit the birds outright.
WFIU’s Dan Goldblatt grew up on a small chicken farm himself and takes a look at 4-H families who teach their kids poultry farming, from chick to frying pan.