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Ill. village rejects residential poultry raising

September 5, 2013

GODFREY, Ill. (AP) — A southwestern Illinois village has scuttled a push to let residents raise poultry.

The (Alton) Telegraph (http://bit.ly/19lvzrl ) reports that the Godfrey village board’s public safety committee voted 3-2 against amending the ordinance to allow the poultry to be raised on residentially zoned property.

Godfrey resident Kenny Feazel had sought the change. Unaware they were illegal, he’d been raising chickens since April to have fresh, organic eggs because his wife is too sensitive to store-bought ones. The couple also has raised their eight chickens to produce fertilizer for their organic garden.

A Feazel neighbor complained about the birds, prompting Grafton officials to take a look at the issue.

Godfrey is northeast of St. Louis.

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Information from: The Telegraph, http://www.thetelegraph.com

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