Opponents of the change objected to the smell and noise of chickens.
"I live in a city, not on a farm," Gloria vanSoolen said.
Irene Jensen said she could not enjoy being in her backyard because a neighbor's chickens smelled so bad and attracted bugs. Mike Markham said chickens do not belong in urban areas.
"If people want chickens, there are places zoned for chickens," he said. "I don't think we need chickens in the city."
Proponents of the proposal said backyard chickens help stretch food budgets, provide better eggs than store-bought ones and produce manure that help gardens grow. They also disputed the complaint that hens produce a bad odor.
"My chickens never created a smell," said Ona Welch, who owned three hens before she learned they weren't allowed in a residential neighborhood.
She added: "I really enjoyed the fresh eggs."
Tanya Gillmore said chickens are affectionate pets and great for 4-H projects.
"They're not going to be any louder, the clucking hens, than a barking dog," she said.
City staffers and the Planning Commission have recommended against allowing chickens in residential neighborhoods. A city report says animal control officers already get about 15 to 20 calls each week complaining about the noise and smells from chickens or alleging that a resident is running an egg-selling business.