Gainesville Residents Want More Chickens
GAINESVILLE - The current chicken limit on Gainesville properties is two.
But tonight the city plan board will consider raising the limit to four and possibly six depending on the size of the property.
Wade Rogers who owns Alachua County Feed and Seed says eating locally - as local as your own backyard - has become the trend.
This eliminates some of the guess work of where your eggs come from.
It's also an example of the urban farming movement making it full circle, because Rogers says people who raise chickens then come to buy their feed from his store - " You're supporting local guys instead of some big corporation."
Becca Huy is one of those people who let the hens rule the house and says she has been raising chickens since she was six.
She says that the chickens work well with the environement, because half of what people throw away could be fed to chickens.
The city tabled the measure last September as they researched the norm in other cities.
In 25 comparable cities they allow between four and six chickens.
One of the proposals here is to allow four chickens for 10,000 square feet and a maximum of six chickens for over 10,000 square feet.
Bob Woods from the city of Gainesville says they are primarily interested in keeping down waste and keeping a count - "The policy that is being proposed would make folks register or have a permit so we would have some way of tracking so we would know how many people in our community have chickens and how many chickens are out there."
The city plan board will meet to discuss different strategies tonight at 6:30 at City Hall.