It also says roosters, which are notoriously noisy, aren’t included as small livestock.
The bill also sets conditions for the small livestock owners to follow: sturdy housing for the animals that is no less than 10 feet from neighboring property lines, no noxious odors or unsanitary conditions, and no nuisances.
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The bill is likely to, ahem, ruffle some feathers. Area communities such as Beavercreek, Dayton and Huber Heights have struggled with conflicting views on whether backyard chickens should be allowed.
Danielle Richardson of Cincinnati said she has been working with Brinkman on the bill to establish minimum property rights when it comes to gardening and raising small livestock. “People are fighting for the right to produce their own food,” she said.