Orlando Commissioners Approve Urban Chicken Plan
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - The Orlando City Commission has agreed to a test program that will allow residents to keep pet chickens.
The pilot project approved Monday will allow the so-called urban chickens at 25 homes in three of Orlando's six districts.
The Orlando Sentinel reports chickens are allowed in 11 Florida cities, including Miami, St. Petersburg and Key West.
Commissioner Patty Sheehan says she and about a dozen others have already signed up to keep up to three hens. Roosters are not allowed. She says it's part of a trend that encourages people to grow their own food.
Chicken owners in Orlando will have to follow rules, such as keeping them in covered coops inside a fenced pen. Applicants will have to attend a seminar on how to care for chickens.
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