ASHEBORO, N.C. – Asheboro city limits are looking at a ban on farm animals in the city. With the exception of pigs, farm animals are now allowed within city limits, but there have been complaints.
Zachary Estep owns four pens of chickens and keeps them in the backyard. He said they’re just like pets.
"They're just like my dogs in my house or outside in a dog lot. I love them," he said.
Estep said the chickens remind of his grandfather, who supported the family by raising chickens.
Asheboro's City Council is discussing a ban on chickens and other farm animals in the city because of complaints. Some are about the noise and others involve chicken coops in front of homes.
Asheboro resident Nichole Willenborg is a future veterinary medicine tech who owns two horses, but she thinks a new ordinance is a good idea.
"The roosters get on my nerves a little bit, but it's not too bad," she said. "I just think farm animals belong on the farm and not in the city.”
City Councilman Eddie Burks lives across the road from Estep and points out that this part of the city is more like the country.
"We're still a pretty rural town here," he said. "I don't have a problem with people keeping animals on their property. I grew up in a small town where it was commonplace for everyone to have chickens."
So far, the ban is just in the discussion stage. There's no formal proposal or date set to bring the matter before council again.