Pilot program for keeping chickens launched in Orlando

May 9, 2012 by  

On Monday, May 7th, a pilot program that will allow “urban chickens” to be kept as pets in 25 homes in three out of six of the City Council districts in Orlando, Florida was agreed to by the Orlando City Commission.

The Commission is not doubt using flyer printing and poster printing to makes those in districts 3, 4 and 5 aware of the rules and regulations of the program and of the application process that is required in order to keep a pet chicken.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, 11 other cities in Florida that include Miami, Key West and St. Petersburg, allow residents to keep chickens and several major cities such as New York and Chicago also allow residents to keep the birds.

City Commissioner, Patty Sheehan, says this is part of a trend that is growing in the nation where people produce their own food. Many people enjoy the taste of fresh eggs that are produced by healthy chickens.

Residents who want to keep chickens need to apply to the city by Friday of this week. The first 25 households that apply will be able to keep up to three chickens. Roosters are not allows as part of the program.

Some of the rules for keeping chickens require that they reside inside a fenced pen in covered coops and not in apartments or duplexes. The site where the chickens will be housed will need to be inspected by an agricultural extension agent and applicants are required to attend a seminar on how to care for chickens.