- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

TROY, Mich. (AP) - People keeping chickens in suburban Detroit and Flint are among those facing efforts by local governments to send their birds packing.

Kevin Donovan’s 9-year-old daughter Emma and 3-year-old son Avery help care for chickens and ducks in their Troy backyard. Donovan tells The Detroit News he thought it would be a great way to teach his children where food comes from, but he was cited and sued by Troy.

Troy is awaiting a judge’s decision on whether it’s a municipal civil infraction. Donovan says they’re trying to be good neighbors.

In Flint, Roxanne Adair wants to keep 10 chickens. The Flint Journal reports the city says it’s a zoning issue.

In response to growing interest in urban agriculture, Michigan plans to develop guidelines for communities to avoid conflicts between neighbors.

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