Cape Girardeau City Council members want more information from city staff before deciding whether to allow residents to keep chickens on their property. Members told deputy city manager Molly Hood they were “comfortable” with using a city of Columbia, Missouri, ordinance as a starting point for possibly allowing chickens in Cape Girardeau. Hood said the police department and planning services have not had an opportunity to study the issue. Mayor Harry Rediger asked the city staff to report back to the council at the Jan. 9 study session. Resident Andrew Bard recently submitted a petition asking the city allow him and other residents to keep up to six hens on their properties. He has urged the council to enact an ordinance patterned after the Columbia law. As in Columbia, the measure would ban the keeping of roosters. In a memorandum to the council, city attorney Eric Cunningham wrote a previous city council voted 4-3 in 2010 to retain the city’s ban on keeping chickens. That proposal would have allowed residents to keep up to 10 chickens. I would be unlawful to raise chickens for slaughter and wings would be clipped to prevent escape.