Today's date is October 6, 2022

Urban Chicken Pilot Program Extended One Year

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The Orlando City Council has extended the Urban Chicken pilot program for one year, the program was one of the cities first measures taken in it’s sustainability initiative to make the City Beautiful one of the most greenest municipalities in the country.

According to the City the program has experienced success with 53 households participating and housing hens in a coop for the purposes of egg production. And Orlando’s program has become a model for other local communities such as Apopka, Maitland, Sarasota and Jacksonville, who have since launched their own programs.

Some of the concerns when the program was first being discussed was the noise involved with the Chickens being housed in dense communities, no major complaints have been reported. The program was championed by City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, who herself is participating.

“We launched this program as a pilot to ensure that hens were kept responsibly and without disturbing neighbors. As part of the program participants have to receive educational training related to keeping hens on their property. And there have been no complaints to the City about participants in the program. Our City staff is currently working on a permanent program outside of this pilot.” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

Other “green initiatives” taken by the city include the recently expanded Bike Share program, the outdoor composting initiative, and a fleet of energy efficient vehicles.

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