Bridgeport mayor urges rules for chickens in city

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BRIDGEPORT, CT (AP) -

The Bridgeport City Council is insisting that it review Mayor Bill Finch's policy allowing chickens to be raised to produce eggs.

Councilwoman Lydia Martinez is calling for public hearings and possibly a task force with experts taking a look at the proposed policy for Connecticut's largest city before the Council takes action.

Hearst Connecticut Newspapers reports that urban farmer Chris Toole and his family have kept more than a dozen chickens at his apartment. The city Health Department threatened to seize the birds if Toole did not get rid of them.

Toole approached Finch, who moved Toole's birds to Bridgeport's animal shelter property with the idea of establishing an urban farm at the animal shelter.

Toole has urged the mayor to clarify the city's health laws to allow chicken-keeping.

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