• Chickens may be allowed in Orlando backyards


    ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando city officials are considering a pilot program that would allow people to keep chickens in their backyards.

    The idea was proposed after the city received several requests from residents wanting to install chicken coops in their backyards. Residents say the move would promote the city's "Green Works" initiative.

    If the program is approved, the resident will have to apply at City Hall. At first, only 24 people will be chosen to participate once they have completed a class on how to care for chickens. If the pilot program is a success, officials say they may consider allowing more people to participate.

    If approved, the resident will only be able to have three chickens per coop and they can not have roosters. Hens must also have a coop, and the pen must be in the back of the residence.

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