In Fraser, bird is the word |

In Fraser, bird is the word

Hank Shell

There’s something fowl afoot in Fraser.

The town’s board of trustees voted last week to permit the keeping of fowl within town limits.

Residents may now keep birds in town with the exclusion of roosters and male turkeys, which town staff deemed too noisy.

There was some discussion on the vocal habits of male turkeys.

“So male turkeys do make noise?” asked Trustee Andy Miller.

“Oh, you bet,” responded Winter Park/Fraser Police Chief Glen Trainor. “They gobble.”

Some questioned whether peafowl would be included in the ordinance.

“We talked about just male fowl as prohibited, but then if you’re keeping ducks, male ducks are pretty quiet,” said Town Manager Jeff Durbin. “Sooo.”

No resident may keep more than 12 fowl on their property at any time, and fowl must be kept on the property and fencing provided to prevent them from leaving the property.

Resident Vesta Shapiro said that the board was “asking for trouble” by not addressing the problem of at-large dogs in Fraser.

“I don’t think you shouldn’t even consider it unless you are going to do something about dog control,” Shapiro said.

Miller said fences were required to keep dogs out.

Durbin said the town had been in contact with the Grand County Sheriff’s Office about animal control, and the topic may come up later in the year.

The board approved the resolution unanimously

“Go get a chicken coop,” Durbin told the board.

“And a good fence,” Miller added.

For those heeding Durbin’s advice, it’s currently “Chick Days” at Murdoch’s.

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