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Petitioning Okaloosa County and 2 others

Allow Backyard Chickens in Mary Esther zone R-2

 Why I have Chickens



I'm starting this petition in hopes to keep my Backyard chickens that I've grown to love just as anyone loves any pet they have.After much research I started caring for a flock September 24th, 2013. The Breed is a White Faced Black Spanish Bantam [Bantams are smaller chickens] Eventually with more research I decided to try my luck in incubating. I was successful twice with a hatch of 3 out of 4 and 14 out of 15. Obviously I did not keep all these birds. The first 3 I kept and nurtured to the point where I would go outside, they would hop on my arm, follow me around the yard, be held by children, and even cradled like a baby rubbing her belly until she fell asleep. Each of these chickens I've incubated have their own name along with the original flock members I kept.


 Above is a link to other peoples testimonies of why they keep backyard Birds. My reasons are exactly the same: Fresh organic eggs, Entertainment, Fertilizer for my growing garden, and bug control. Not all of my chickens lay eggs. Do I discard them like a piece of trash because of that? No. I love each and every single one of them. They all have different personalities and I enjoy going in my backyard in the morning time to feed them and just sit with them especially since all I do is work mostly these days. At 24 I enjoy the surine environment it brings even though some may not see that. Just like gardening is a stress reliever so is having backyard birds. I understand it's not for everyone, but I hope to open more peoples eyes when it comes to Chickens and other backyard Birds.

Letter to
Okaloosa County
City of Mary Esther
Okaloosa County department of Growth Managment Code Enforcement Division Lisa Payton
Allow Backyard Chickens in Mary Esther zone R-2

Torrie Cox started this petition with a single signature, and now has 523 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.