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Ankeny officials object to lifting city's urban chicken ban

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ANKENY (AP) -

Ankeny residents aren't likely to see chickens wandering in their backyards despite one resident's push to allow the birds within city limits.

The a Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/2dA2zGo ) that Ankeny resident Tom Smolik spoke with city council members Monday about amending a code which prohibits livestock inside the city. Smolik proposed changes that would require a permit for chickens, ban roosters and limit ownership to six hens.

Several council members objected to changing the current ordinance, and Mayor Gary Lorenz has also expressed opposition. City Councilman Mark Holm says he doesn't believe there's enough support on the council to modify the ordinance.

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