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Maryland County Proposes Restrictions on Poultry Houses


Apr 19, 2017


Following the lead of Wicomico and Somerset Counties, Worcester County, MD. intends to impose a 200 foot setback for chicken houses from adjacent properties and will impose a limit of eight chicken houses per farm.

County Bill 17/3 is intended to “protect the health, safety, welfare and peaceful enjoyment of properties adjacent or in the immediate vicinity of poultry operations.”



The proposed bill is supported by the Assateague Coastal Trust which is generally opposed to intensive poultry production, based on environmental consideration relating to the watersheds of Chesapeake Bay.


Copyright 2017 Simon M. Shane