More Chickens in Gainesville?
Published November 8th, 2013
So what came first: the chicken or the ordinance?
Gainesville is a big step closer to allowing more chickens to live within city limits.
The City Commission voted 5-2 to advance an ordinance that would allow 10 hens per residence.
Currently, the limit is 6 per household.
Some argue an increase in the number of chickens would pose a sanitary issue.
But there has been a rise in the number of people who desire the urban farming aspect the chickens can give.
"There is a entire movement that really focuses on urban farming and taking advantage of produce with in local communities. And so this has gained alot of momentum in urban areas," Bob Woods, City of Gainesville.
The City Commission will take a final vote to make this ordinance official at an upcoming meeting.
Roosters are not included in the new ordinance, and anyone selling their eggs can't do so out of the residence where the birds are located.
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