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Chickens in the city? Only if you follow the rules

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LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

It's an odd modern trend, as city dwellers have taken to raising chickens in their backyards across the country.

But it doesn't come without a downside. Often, the fowl end up in animal shelters when their owners become tired of the expense , smell and noise.

The Longview animal shelter regularly gets calls on of the clucking birds.

"We do often get chickens," said shelter manager Tish Bailey. "Sometimes the animal control picks them up and bring them here and we hold them until the owners pick them up or we adopt them or send the to farms."

The chickens are kept by folks who want fresh eggs and fresh chicken, but they're not very popular with the neighbors.

"We routinely take calls and complaints about people keeping chickens inside the city limits of Longview," said Longview animal control officer Chris Kemper. "Roosters are very loud. They like to be loud at 4 o'clock in the morning , and the neighbors don't appreciate that."

It varies from city to city, but in Longview, people can have chickens...under certain conditions.

In Longview, chickens must be housed in an enclosed area, not allowed to free range, and they must be at least 100 feet from the nearest property line in all directions.

"If you can't keep them in a way that keeps your neighbors from being able to smell them or hear them, then we're not going to allow you to have them," said Kemper.

Shelter workers say any chickens that come in are adopted out to farms or ranches.

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