- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) - One Panhandle county is considering making it easier for residents to keep chickens in their backyards.

The Northwest Florida Daily News (https://bit.ly/1L8iswf ) that Okaloosa County Commissioners are considering changes to a code that would allow some homeowners in unincorporated residential areas to keep chickens in their backyards.

Only homes on at least a half-acre of land would be allowed to keep chickens and roosters would be prohibited in residential areas.

County leaders say the proposal was drafted as compromise between people who believe the chickens are a nuisance and those who want to keep the animals in their backyards.

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