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Nixa City Council to Discuss Proposed Urban Chicken Ordinance

NIXA, Mo. -- Some people in Nixa have hatched a plan to allow chickens inside city limits. Nixa City Council will hear a proposed ordinance allowing residents to own chickens inside city limits.
They have a better nutritional content, and the bright yellow yolk with more keratin in them, and the good vitamins.
NIXA, Mo. -- Some people in Nixa have hatched a plan to allow chickens inside city limits.
 
Nixa City Council will hear a proposed ordinance Monday night that would allow residents to own chickens inside city limits.

The ordinance will be up for discussion at the 7 p.m. meeting on Monday, Aug. 19, at Nixa City Hall.

"Nixa residents have spoken, and City Council is listening," wrote Jill Finney, Director of Communications, in an email to media Tuesday.

Finney says Council recently heard from two Nixa residents requesting an ordinance allowing residents to keep chickens inside their yards as a source for fresh eggs.

After hearing from the second resident at its meeting last week, Council posed the concept on the city's Facebook page where they received nearly 50 comments on the issue.
 
"That connection to agriculture has been lost," says Robert Long, who lives in Halltown.
 
In late 2010, Springfield City Council passed a law that allowed people to own up to six chickens within city limits on their property. Now, people in Nixa want the same law.
 
"You can have the eggs every morning, and have the fresh ones," adds Long, who's in the poultry business.
 
"They have a better nutritional content, and the bright yellow yolk with more keratin in them, and the good vitamins."
 
"The health department had some apprehension about this when it was passed in 2010, because we have these laws for a reason. The city is not a farm, and the farm is not in the city," says Mike Brothers with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
 
Brothers says the department's main concern is salmonella poisoning and complaints from neighbors, but he says there have been no complaints of the former and very few of the latter.
 
"Most of the people there keeping these chickens in the city really want to do this, they've done their homework, and they're responsible about it."
 
Long says many people are losing touch with the way things used to be.

"We're several generations out, most people anymore are three generations out from the farm."
 
And he thinks allowing people to raise their own chickens within city limits will help bring the connection back.
 
"It shows you what work it takes to actually produce the food."
 
Nixa has seen such rapid growth over the last several years and people want to put their acres and lots to good use.
 
"It would be great if we could utilize that land to produce extra food for friends and family."
 
If you do own chickens, there are guidelines to remember.
 
"Make sure that you're washing your hands and keeping things clean, making sure that the chickens remain outdoors, they're not a pet, don't bring them inside," says Brothers.
 
"As long as you don't have roosters crowing at 6 in the morning, it's okay," adds Long.
 
Finney says Monday's meeting is open to the public and anyone wishing to speak on the topic will be allowed to do so.
           
For more information on the rules and regulations on having chickens, check out the PDF above.
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