Iowa Man Fights Ordinance to Keep Chickens

Jury rejects defense


NORTHWOOD, Iowa — A Northwood man has lost his court fight to keep chickens in his backyard but said he hasn't given up.

It took a Worth County jury about 15 minutes Friday to find Leo Hendrick guilty of keeping chickens within city limits, in violation of Northwood's city code, the Mason City Globe Gazette reported Monday. He was cited in September.

Hendrick must pay a $50 fine and court costs, which are still being determined.

Despite losing his case, Hendrick said he'll still try to keep his dozen chickens. It's important as he and his wife try to feed their family healthy food that is free of pesticides, he said.

(Hat tip to Mark J.)