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Sanford wants family to say ‘bye bye’ to birdies

Posted June 27, 2008 5:57 p.m. EDT
Updated June 27, 2008 7:41 p.m. EDT

— The Reid family is fighting to keep 14 family members in their back yard.

The 14 are chickens, which have lived with the family more than three years and have won prizes at the county and state fairs.

When the Sanford City Council recently found out the animals lived at the Reids' home, they informed the family the chickens are against a city ordinance that prohibits poultry, swine or goats within the corporate limits of the city.

The city cites concerns about noise, smell and health.

Alexandra Reid said other cities allow chicken coops. She recently lobbied for the council to change the ordinance, proposing rules for chicken coops in the city. She suggested the coops be kept neat and fully covered and be located on large pieces of land at least 50 feet from a dwelling.

“There was no real consensus to move in that direction,” City Manager Hal Hegwer said.

Starting Wednesday, the family will be charged a $100 a day fine for each chicken.

Reid said she will keep fighting to keep the chickens, but cannot afford to pay the fines.