Fla. city ends program allowing backyard chickens

DEBARY, Fla. - The father of an autistic boy says he'll be contacting his attorney after the DeBary City Council voted to end a pilot program that allows residents to keep chickens in their backyards.

Councilmembers ended the program with a 3-2 vote Wednesday.

Joseph Hart says he will fight to keep the chickens, which he says have helped his 3-year-old son J.J. make tremendous progress. A physician recommended getting the chickens to help with therapy for the boy.

Councilmember Chris Carson says he'd like to keep the program going for the boy. But he voted the end the pilot program, saying he didn't want to create opportunities for people to turn chickens and their eggs into a business.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the program ends on Dec. 31.

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