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From the Orlando Sentinel -

 

Seminole County is now the latest Central Florida community that allows a limited number of residents to raise backyard chickens within residential neighborhoods after commissioners approved today a pilot program for keeping poultry as pets in unincorporated areas. Orlando, Maitland, Winter Garden and Lake County also have similar programs.

 

Under Seminole's program, up to 100 households will be allowed to keep as many as four chickens in enclosed backyard coops. The cost of a permit is $75. However, residents would first have to prove they completed a class from the University of Florida's agricultural extension service on caring and raising chickens before being awarded a permit.

 

Homeowners would only be allowed to keep hens, but not roosters. The fowl must be kept in coops that would prevent bears, coyotes, foxes or other animals from snatching a bird. At first, county officials limited the number of residents applying for permits to 50.

 

But the limit was raised to 100 after commissioners and some residents said they would rather see more people apply based on the growing popularity and nationwide trend of keeping backyard chickens for fresh eggs....MORE HERE.

 

 

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