Thanks to One Hundred Dollars a Month reader, Karen, for sending me this article featured on the Huffington Post earlier this month. The article describes the plight of one family to keep their backyard chickens, which they originally acquired when their autistic son’s pediatrician recommended they get a pet to help with social skills.
The boy, J.J. didn’t respond to their family dog, so the family turned to chickens. J.J. responded well to the chickens, and the family enjoyed teaching him about the animals, eggs, etc. Then, the DeBary, Florida city council voted that they would not extend the backyard chicken permits, and J.J. and his family faced losing their pets.
The family fought to get the city council to reconsider the proposal, but the decision stood, and they were told they would need to get rid of their chickens by December 31st, 2013. The family continued to fight–this time with a lawyer, media, and facebook. I wanted to know how the whole debacle turned out, so I clicked over the family’s facebook page. Turns out, they were granted a special permit allowing J.J. to keep his chickens.
Don’t you just love it when stories have happy endings? How about you, do you have chickens? Would you fight to be able to keep them, if your city decided not to allow them anymore?