Crying fowl: City hears critics of backyard chicken plan

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OKLAHOMA CITY – In one month, the city council will vote on whether chickens can be kept in residential backyards.

The plan that will be up for a vote will allow residents to house up to six hens but no roosters.

Some urban farmers are already secretly keeping chickens but there is some opposition to the plan.

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Russell Claus, Oklahoma City city planner, said, “There’s a growing local food movement where people are growing their own food and there’s confusion in the community about what they can and can’t do. And there’s a lack of definition for enforcement of anything that may occur in an agricultural sense.”

Some of the complaints are about waste and noise.

However, allowing chickens has been a growing trend in other cities.

Currently, the council appears split over the issue.