Park River woman hoping to keep pet chickens
PARK RIVER – Buttercup, Sweet Pea, Violet and Daisy. Those are some of Teresa Gire’s favorite flowers, but for the Park River woman, they are also the names of the four chickens she’s been raising for the past three years in her backyard.
On the evening of Nov. 13, near 10 p.m., Gire was informed by two Walsh County deputies that came to her front door that the birds she’s lovingly cared for were in violation of a city ordinance regarding raising livestock within the city limits.
Gire was told that she would have to get rid of the birds that have become pets and are like part of the family.
Gire started raising chickens about three years ago, shortly after the death of her sister Marsha.
As a girl who grew up on a farm west of Park River, Gire said it was her and her sister’s chore to tend for the chickens. Her sister lived on a farm, raised chickens her whole life. (more…)