Orlando Says O.K. to Chickens

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ The Orlando City Commission has agreed to a test program that will allow residents to keep pet chickens.

The pilot project approved Monday will allow the so-called urban chickens at 25 homes in three of Orlando’s six districts.

The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/LDqCBj ) reports chickens are allowed in 11 Florida cities, including Miami, St. Petersburg and Key West.

Commissioner Patty Sheehan says she and about a dozen others have already signed up to keep up to three hens. Roosters are not allowed.

She says it’s part of a trend that encourages people to grow their own food.

Chicken owners in Orlando will have to follow rules, such as keeping them in covered coops inside a fenced pen.

Applicants will have to attend a seminar on how to care for chickens.