New York Town Has New Plan to Keep Tick Population Down: Chickens

Posted by Stacey Venzel

The village of Fayetteville, New York, known for its pet restriction policy, is now turning to chickens for pest control.

With a population hovering around 4,000 residents, the village judiciary has enacted a number of laws that keep the population from growing, starting with animals. Dogs, cats, and rabbits can only exist in trios in a household. Any other pet, even a loner creature, requires a special permit to be allowed inside the village.

But the town is working on adjusting this law for the better of the environment.

Resident Dave Cassel submitted a request for conditional chicken ownership. In the proposal, he boasted that the fowl could help control the tick population. Ticks harbor a myriad of life-altering diseases, especially to warm-blooded mammals whose blood they gladly feast on.

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Not only do chickens feed on ticks, but their insectivorous diet also controls other garden and household pests, including flies, mosquitoes, and gnats.

Cassel is also a member of the village's Deer Management Committee. Deer ticks are one common type of this parasite in humans and canines. He claims deer ticks and chickens go hand-in-hand in environmental health.

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The initial pet restrictions were placed when the village received a number of complaints pertaining to animal hoarding and noise control. Because of this, roosters have been banned, but chickens could occasionally gain approval. Cassel's proposal would allow for six chickens and no roosters.

Mayor Mark Olson said, "I support anything that will help reduce the tick population as long as it is done without affecting the quality of life for neighbors."

New York Town Has New Plan to Keep Tick Population Down: Chickens