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Hens coming to a backyard near you?

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Updated: 4/23/2013 9:51 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- There's a movement gaining traction to allow residents in Jacksonville to keep hens.

Lauren Trad is leading the campaign, Hens for Jax. The grassroots campaign has collected more than 2,000 signatures to change the city's ordinance.

Right now, they can only cluck around a small percentage of Jacksonville. Trad is pushing to expand that.

"People should be able to keep hens just like they keep dogs, they keep cats, they keep roosters, they keep lizards," said Trad.

Some of her supporters and city council members met Tuesday at City Hall to hash out a draft of an ordinance to be submitted to the full council.

They want to change city code so people living in residential districts can legally have backyard chickens.

Councilman Don Redman, who grew up on a farm, says it's a progressive idea for Jacksonville.

"I think it's a novel idea," said Redman.

For now, Trad keeps her hens at the family gardening store. She says injecting more rural America in the River City will teach children a life long lesson.

"You want to be able to teach your children where their food comes from. Food doesn't come from the grocery store. Food comes from hard work, it comes from farmers, from animals and caring for those animals teaches your kids responsibility."






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