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North Liberty Approves Urban Chickens

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) -- The North Liberty City Council has given final approval to an ordinance that will let people keep chicken hens in their backyards.
   The council voted 3-2 for the proposal at Tuesday night's meeting.
   The chicken hen owners will be required to pay a $20 permit fee each year, along with a $3 band fee for each bird. A refundable deposit of $100 will be held by the city and will be applied to any expenses a chicken causes the city to incur.
   Permit holders must complete an approved class in raising chickens and can keep a maximum of four hens. City Administrator Ryan Heiar says roosters will not be allowed.
   Also, the hens' wings must be clipped.

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