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Yesterday, the Bossier City council took up a rather strange discussion.  On the table was the lifting of a rule that prohibited citizens from keeping barnyard birds (like chickens) in backyard coops.  A growing number of citizens had expressed their desire to become part of growing movement of chicken-keepers, and their concerns were finally brought in front of people that could change things.

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More and more Americans are turning to small, backyard chicken coops to make the supply chain healthy and as short possible.  Even more folks like to keep them as pets - but either way, groups like BackYardChickens on Facebook (who have more than 341,000 members) make it clear that small-time chicken-ranching is more than just a growing fad.

Yesterday, Council President Don Williams brought a proposal before the council for discussion that would remove a ban on keeping chickens for pets, eggs, or meat from the list of city ordinances.   According to a report from KTBS, Williams claims he only did so at the urging of a resident who thought that the rule banning backyard poultry operations was unfair.  True to his word, Williams brought the topic up for discussion and an initial vote.

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After a unanimous decision, the ordinance banning backyard chickens in Bossier will stay in place.  Even the man who brought the proposal to the council voted against it.

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