The Manatee County Commission is asking its staff to draw up a plan that would allow residents to keep backyard chickens legally.
The matter will come to a vote at a later date.
The commission heard a variety of speakers pro- and con- about the issue during its regular meeting Tuesday.
Proponents argue that they could keep a few chickens in backyard coops without disturbing neighbors, while opponents say such activities should not be allowed in residential neighborhoods.
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Keeping backyard chickens is currently prohibited, county officials said.