Metro will debate urban chicken farming bill - WSMV News 4

Metro will debate urban chicken farming bill

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Urban chicken farming is illegal within Nashville's city limits, but that could change in a couple months.

A new proposal will go up for debate at the City Council meeting in January.

The bill would allow people to have at least six chickens in their backyard, but they all have to be hens - no roosters. Chicken farmers would also have to pay a $25 fee and get a building permit for the coops.

Some have said the coops could be noisy, while others enjoy the idea of fresh eggs.

A woman who owns hens wished to remain anonymous but said the chickens will not create problems.

"I don't think that Nashville is going to be overrun with chickens when this bill passes, because it's not something you're going to do just 'willy-nilly.' You've got to be committed to these girls [hens]," she said.

The chicken enclosures would also have to be clean and predator-proof.

Tonight, Councilwoman Karen Bennett held a meeting at Skyline Medical Center to educate the community about the new proposal.

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