April 13th, 2012
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Caught up in the backyard chicken craze? Broadcast journalism major and iReporter Kayla O'Brien cracked the underground chicken culture ruffling feathers in Winter Park, Florida. Her report follows.

The Backyard Chicken Initiative is making an impact in Winter Park.

Some Winter Park residents want to keep chickens as pets. However due to an ordinance in the city it is currently forbidden. The Backyard Yard Chicken Initiative project wants Winter Park to follow the 500 other cities in the United States that have overturned similar laws in recent years.

The project president Rachel Whited is a chicken owner herself. She keeps her chickens in hiding to dodge any possible punishments from city code enforcers. As the leader of the group she is asking for people with an open mind to get involved with their cause.

"We are looking for people to come with us to the City Commission Meeting because physical people look even better than ink on paper," Whited said.

Read the rest at iReport and read our F.A.Q. on getting started with backyard chickens

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