- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 26, 2014

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) - Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch is proposing a new policy that would set standards for city residents who want to keep chickens on their property.

Finch and other city officials announced the proposal Tuesday at the Beardsley Zoo. It would allow households to keep up to six chickens, set minimum coop sizes and restrict coop locations.

The new policy comes after a dispute between city health officials and local resident Christopher Toole. Toole had more than a dozen chickens on his property and health officials told him he couldn’t keep all of them.

The proposed ordinance must be approved by the City Council. It also would require residents to not slaughter their chickens, to harvest eggs only for personal use, to keep coops sanitized and to have a feces disposal plan.

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