As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Residents debate backyard bird ban in Cobb County

Posted: Jan 23, 2013 3:44 AM GSTUpdated: Jan 23, 2013 7:19 AM GST
By Kaliah Henton-Jones

People in Cobb County voiced their opinions Tuesday night on a proposal to allow chickens in backyards.

For nearly two years, one Marietta man fought county leaders for his right to keep chickens in his backyard.

He lost and had to relocate all of his foul and their hen house, but the commission might be changing their mind on the backyard bird ban.

The county wants people to pay a $1,000 fee for a special land use permit, if they want chickens on their property.

Some residents like Mahmoud Khatib find the idea ridiculous. Khatib said, "I can go out to Adventure Outdoors in Smyrna and buy myself an AK-47 in 15 minutes with a simple background check, but lo and behold, if I wanted to buy a chicken suddenly, this is going to require a survey of the entire neighborhood."

Others at the meeting want existing regulations to stay in place banning chickens.

Tuesday night's public hearing was the first of two on the issue.

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