- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Little Rock’s animal services director will soon present proposed revisions to regulations for keeping chickens and other fowl in city limits to the Animal Services Advisory Board.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (https://bit.ly/23LJ9BK ) reports that nearly 25 people, about half of them chicken owners, showed up to a special meeting seeking public input Wednesday.

One woman complained of noise from a nearby rooster owner, but the majority of people cautioned Animal Services Director Tracy Roark about coming up with rules that are too strict on responsible chicken keepers.

Currently in Little Rock, fowl must have 3 square feet per bird in house space and be kept at least 25 feet from any business or residence other than the owner’s. They also must be at least 5 feet from the owner’s residence.

There aren’t rules on limits for the number of fowl an owner can have, on the amount of outdoor space required to keep chickens and other fowl, or on whether roosters are allowed to be kept.

“I favor doing something that protects the birds, not limits the people that are trying to take care of the birds,” said Drexle Jordan, a chicken breeder.

The board is expected to discuss the draft set of rules Feb. 17. It will then make a recommendation on regulation revisions to the city Board of Directors, which will have the final say on changes to the ordinance.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com


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