Hernando County officials came out in full support of changing zoning laws so people in residential neighborhoods can keep backyard chickens.
The Planning and Zoning Commission said in Brooksville on Monday, that they unanimously supported issuing permits for up to for hens in residential areas where they were previously not allowed.
Chickens make great pets, but they are also an economical way to keep a supply of fresh eggs on hand.
Eggs produced by home-grown chickens not only taste better, they are free of the chemicals, drugs, and antibiotics commercially raised chickens are given to artificially boost egg production, and keep them from dying in overcrowded and dirty living conditions.
Once you get used to eating fresh eggs from your own chickens, you may never be happy with store bought eggs again. They are that good.
The Hernando County backyard chicken law would require hens to be kept in a coop with a run that would allow them some extra space to snack on bugs and other poultry favorites.
Roosters will not be permitted.
If the backyard chicken law is approved by the Board of County Commissioners in February, Hernando would be joining other Tampa Bay area counties that allow hens in residential locations.