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Gainesville Commission Considering Increasing Residential Chicken Ownership

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The Gainesville City Commission is considering increasing the number of chickens city residents can own. Currently, the maximum number of chickens urban residents can own is two per household. If the ordinance gets approved and becomes a law, that number will increase to 10.

Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy said some residents have voiced concerns about the issues associated with urban chicken ownership like noise and smell.

“The burden is going to be on the owners, of course, to keep well maintained chicken coops,” Braddy said.

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  • Becca

    Thank you for this great story depicting urban hens doing what they do
    best.: quietly provide pest control in the backyard. Perfect example
    of the nearly silent hens with a reference to their noise level
    compared to the city’s background noise. Beautiful hens & coop
    too. Thanks Jacob & Rochelle. More stories like this will give people a true
    reference for what keeping chickens as pets is like.

    The smell associated with chicken waste is more pungent than that of
    other other domesticated animals? I wholeheartedly disagree. I think
    a more correct statement would be: The smell associated with a
    chicken factory is more pungent than domesticated pets. What do you
    think a puppy mill smells like?

    I also like the free-ranging cat in the background while the mayor is
    speaking … no doubt depositing rose-scented waste in the
    neighboring yards.

    If the main concern for keeping chickens is a concern, then facts instead
    of an “association” may dispatch concerns:

    A 40-pound dog generates more solid waste than 10 chickens. To be more
    specific, one 40-pound dog generates about .75 pounds of poop every
    day. Ten chickens generate about .66 pounds daily poop.