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Oklahoma City residents will be allowed to raise chickens and quail in their backyards

Backyard chickens can be a great hobby. They can also spread disease.
Backyard chickens can be a great hobby. They can also spread disease.

After several years of discussion, the Oklahoma City Council voted to allow residents to raise up to six chickens and quail in their backyards. Previously, they were only allowed to be raised on properties an acre or larger.

There are some stipulations to the new ordinance, which will take effect on March 4. Coops must be kept clean and food and water must be provided at all times.

Additionally, coops must have at least four square feet of space per animal, and they must remain in the coop from dusk until dawn. Roosters are not allowed.

No permits or fees are required to raise chickens or quail. Enforcement will be on a complaint basis.

More details about the ordinance, including rules for raising chickens and quail and where to report noncompliance, can be found at the city's Department of Development Service's website.

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Hannah France started her work in public radio at KBIA while studying journalism at the University of Missouri. While there, she helped develop and produce a weekly community call-in show, for which she and her colleagues won a Gracie Award. Hannah takes interest in a wide variety of news topics, which serves her well as a reporter and producer for KGOU.
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