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Metro chicken ordinance passes, some districts opt out

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Alyce Dobyns had previously been cited for illegally have three chickens in the backyard of her Davidson County home. Alyce Dobyns had previously been cited for illegally have three chickens in the backyard of her Davidson County home.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Metro Council members on Tuesday night approved a measure legalizing urban chickens in Metro Nashville but also passed an amendment that exempts eight council districts.

It is still illegal for residents to raise chickens on their property in districts 12, 20, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33, according to the group Urban Chicken Advocates of Nashville's Facebook page.

Residents in other council districts can now legally own up to six domesticated hens, depending on property size, after obtaining a $25 annual permit from the city.

Under the ordinance, chicken coops must be at least 25 feet from any residential structure and 10 feet for any property line.  Hens can only be raised for non-commercial use and roosters are still illegal within city limits.

Metro Animal Control will issue the annual permits, be in charge of enforcing the rules of the new ordinance and respond to complaints.

Urban chicken supporters told Nashville's News 2 they're thrilled the measure passed.

"I am elated. I can be a legal citizen now," supporter Alyce Dobyns said, adding, "I'm very pleased, I'm very happy."

Dobyns had previously been cited for illegally have three chickens in the backyard of her Davidson County home.

Opponents of the measure cited potential conflict among neighbors who own chickens and those who do not, and between domesticated animals like dogs and cats and the chickens.

The new measure takes effect immediately.

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