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Vote On Sacramento Chicken Ordinance Expected

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Even though owning chickens within city limits is currently against the law a lot of people are doing it anyway, according to city officials.

"We get 400 to 500 calls per year regarding chickens and roosters as nuisance complaints."

Reina Schwartz heads the city's General Services Department. She says there's a growing interest in urban gardening.

"…and backyard chickens are a part of that larger trend."

Under the proposed ordinance, people would be able to keep as many as three egg-laying hens.

Susan Ballew is with the Campaign to Legalize Urban Chicken Keeping…or CLUCK.

"We were hoping that we could get as many as seven. A lot of our people in CLUCK had to come to the realization that the lower number, we were just going to have live with it."

The ordinance would require people to get permits for their chickens and to confine their birds to a pen, coop or cage at all times.

If the ordinance is approved, it'll go into effect on November 1st.

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