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City approves backyard chickens ordinance

Some Jacksonville residents want to be able to legally keep hens in their back yards.
Some Jacksonville residents want to be able to legally keep hens in their back yards.
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Updated: 11/13/2013 12:07 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville City Council voted in favor of allowing local families to raise chickens in their backyards.

Current law allows animals only in certain parts of Jacksonville. Tuesday night's vote green lights a two-year pilot program that allows 300 local homes to raise chickens.

Activists collected thousands of signatures in an effort to change the current rule.
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Gunny48 - 11/13/2013 2:27 PM
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I hereby demand the right to raise foxes! If not immediately allowed to I will cry "prejudice" and invoke my inalienable right to be ridiculous while demanding reparations for my "pain and suffering". The good people of Freedonia may avoid this by making a large donation to my soon to be opened offshore vicestar account....

nativejax - 11/13/2013 10:43 AM
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WHO cares!!!! This is a GOOD THING...You cant live on the WHAT IF'S..You CAN live on fresh hormone/chemical free eggs for breakfast, that people (especially young kids) NEED TO DEVELOP HEALTHY MINDS AND BODIES. Google how to raise and maintain healthy, happy chickens and you will not have to worry about neighbors and landlords because you are doing it right. Give them some fresh eggs once in awhile and EVERYBODYS happy. ps, "don't sweat the petty stuff, and don't pet the sweaty stuff"..and life is good!

eviltwinmorgan - 11/13/2013 7:12 AM
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This is all well and fine, but what of the renters who want chickens? Will their landlords be forced to accept? Perhaps only owners should be allowed chickens. Who is to say some people won't simply abandon their chickens if and when they leave their current rental property?
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