The idea of chicken houses coming to the Centertown area has ruffled some feathers for nearby residents.
Over 100 acres has been sold on Fred Cooper Road for the purpose of installing chicken houses. Fred Cooper Road is a connector road between Crisp Springs Road and Pigeon Hill Road.
“I’ve had several people contact me and they are concerned about the smell,” said Gary Prater, who serves as a county commissioner for that area. “From what I’ve heard, people are not too happy about it, but I don’t think anything can be done.”
Jessica Jones is the realtor who handled the property sale. She said two families have purchased the property and their plans are to move here and manage what will be a chicken farm.
“They are really nice folks and they are just like any other farmers,” said Jones. “They plan to move here and their kids will go to school here. I’ve read some mean comments on Facebook and those comments are uncalled for. We have to have food and a food supply, so we have to have farmers. I think most people like to eat chicken.”
Jessica said her father, Darl Smith, sold the property to the chicken farmers, but he is not flying the coop. He is moving right next door.
Jones also wanted to dispel the notion that having a chicken farm nearby decreases property value.
“My dad is the one who sold them the property and he will still be living there on that road,” said Jessica. “He will be their closest neighbor so it’s not like he sold the property and he’s moving to the other side of the county. He will be living right there. As for decreasing property values, they have chicken houses in Morrison and those property values are doing just fine. Property in Morrison is selling as high as everywhere else.”
Efforts to get a comment from the new property owners were unsuccessful.