Having ‘Urban Chickens’ in Tampa to be Reviewed

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — City leaders in Tampa are taking up the issue of urban chickens.

Backyard poultry were banned from backyards years ago when ordinances were developed with public health in mind. But the animals are now quietly making their way in neighborhoods across Tampa.

The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/wbVObW ) reports that rules on having chickens on property are both fuzzy and not rigorously enforced in the city. The city council will review their rules limiting the ownership of chickens and other livestock starting March 15.

Pinellas County residents are allowed to have up to four birds on their land. County Commissioner Susan Latvala says the county changed its rules partly because so many people already had chickens and the risk to public health from bird flu or other diseases is minimal to nonexistent.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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