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Man Asks to Keep Chickens at Dubuque Home

DUBUQUE - The sound of chickens on a farm might not be unusual, but in a city? A man is asking Dubuque to let him raise chickens inside the city limits.

Tim Patterson says animals are his life. With two cats, three dogs and at least a dozen birds, that's probably true. Now he wants to raise some chickens in his own backyard.

Patterson says he would want to have somewhere between two and six chickens. He says he wants to know exactly where the eggs he eats are coming from

"You go to the supermarkets anymore and you don't know if your food is contaminated," said Patterson.

In Dubuque only properties zoned for agriculture are allowed to house farm animals. However, that's not the case here. The closest house is just steps away. Even so, Patterson thinks his chickens would make a good neighbor.

"I think they would be, they don't bark like a dog." Unfortunately for Patterson several city council members say he's "clucking" up the wrong tree.

"Certainly it's not something I would want to be neighbors to. I wouldn't want to impose that on anyone," said Dubuque Mayor, Roy Buol.

Still Patterson says he'll keep trying. And he's got his own army of animals on his side.