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Poultry proposal discussed in Canandaigua

Canandaigua, N.Y. -- If you live in the city, chickens are no problem, move toward the town and homeowners are not permitted to keep them.

It didnt make much sense because were just three-quarters of a mile from the city line, explained Candice Reese, a resident who moved from the city to the town of Canandaigua.

In July, she and her husband brought their concerns of town law that prohibits people from keeping chickens at their homes to the town board.

Theyre enjoyable, theyre fun to watch, they give you eggs, and my son really enjoys taking care of them and they dont make any noise, said Reese.

The statute itself needs some work, said Ralph Brandt, Deputy Town Supervisor.

The proposed zoning law change would allow homeowners to keep three chickens or less, but not have roosters.

I think its an excellent idea, said Renna Killian, a city resident who has raised chickens for two decades.

I think anyone who wants to have chickens has to understand is that theyre a bird, birds are dirty, you have to clean up after them, you have to take care of them.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ontario Countys office has received an increase in calls recently from town residents who want their own chickens.

Opponents of the idea have also been calling the office.

The two concerns that people tend to have is noise -- they dont want to have a rooster crowing at three oclock in the morning, the other is litter, said Jim Ochterski, Program Leader for Ontario County .

A hearing at town hall is scheduled for Monday September 9 at 7 p.m. It is unlikely any action will be taken to amend the town zoning law for at least six weeks, according to Brandt.

Evan White, 13WHAM-TV
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