Milwaukee Considers Allowing Backyard Chickens

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As natural disasters and rising oil prices lead to increased inflation, more Americans are considering growing their own food as an alternative.

Raising chickens is now becoming a nationwide trend in both urban and suburban areas.

For some, it's the "next step" in home gardening, providing a steady supply of inexpensive, healthy eggs. Larger cities like Milwaukee, Wis., are even considering ordinances to allow the practice.

"It's a source of local foods, fresh eggs from chickens," Milwaukee Alderman Mike Kovac said at a public meeting on the proposal.

"It allows a way to build community and it's part of the urban agriculture movement that's going on in this city," he said.

Many residents are in favor of the backyard chicken trend.

Still, Milwaukee Public Safety Committee members have questions about permits, health standards, and other issues.

Officials will meet again in three weeks to discuss the ordinance again.

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