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Feb 16, 2010 9:27 AM by Associated Press

Residents to vote on allowing backyard chickens

Greeley officials are set to vote on whether to allow residents to keep up to six chickens within city limits. The Greeley City Council will vote on the ordinance Tuesday night after a public hearing.

The new rules would allow residents to keep six chickens in their backyards as long as the animals are kept in ventilated and covered coops. The chickens would also have to be fenced-in at all times. Selling chickens or eggs would be prohibited.

Proponents of the measure say chickens are eco-friendly and provide a sustainable food source. Opponents of the proposal say the animals are dirty and don't belong in the city.

Durango, Fort Collins, and Longmont amended their rules last year to allow backyard chickens.

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