The City of Ferndale Planning Commission voted unanimously to send a recommendation to council. The recommendation includes a permitting process and several stipulations, like that structures must be made out of durable materials and that a homeowner must pass a site inspection before receiving a permit. Coops could only be in the backyard and they must have all feed in sealed containers to discourage rodents.
Mikulski has researched backyard chicken movements across the county and in the area, and put together the website www.ferndalechickens.com to explain why she feels the City should change its policy. The site addresses common concerns such as smell, noise and safety. It also gives examples of major cities already allowing chicken coops,