HANAHAN, S.C. (WCBD) – To allow hens in backyards or not – that was the question Hanahan City Council discussed Tuesday night. In the end, they voted against allowing chickens within the city limits.
The city considered allowing chickens under some circumstances. They were going to require anyone who wanted to have the birds first gain permission from bordering property owners.
About 600 residents had signed a petition that was distributed in local businesses to allow the hens. But ultimately, city council voted against the proposal 4-1.
Kelly Atkinson helped gather those signatures. “One, they believe the hens is a want, not a need. Which I don’t understand that if your citizens want something that’s not gonna hurt anyone else, I don’t see a problem with it,” she said.
Only mayor Christie Rainwater voted to allow hens in the city.
Another council member said they are concerned hens could be a drain on police department’s time. Mayor Rainwater said after some research, she learned that should not be an issue.
“A majority of the cities that I talked with said that hens were not a problem,” said Mayor Rainwater. “One of the most helpful cities, well really two cities that gave me helpful feedback – one was Mount Pleasant. They provided us with police reports for chicken complaints in 2018. They have a lot more residents than us and they had about six or seven complaints. With our numbers, I averaged about 2 or 3 complaints which I thought our staff could handle.”
Mayor Rainwater said this issue could come back onto the agenda a year from now.