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Backyard Chickens Growing in Popularity in Indiana

Raising chickens in the city is becoming increasingly popular as more Hoosiers move toward eating locally.

Goshen, Indiana this week reversed an earlier decision and will allow residents to raise chickens at their homes.

Karen Schulte-Coman helped get a similar ordinance passed in South Bend.

She says her family raises chickens because they are an easy, fresh food source and promote sustainability.

Other cities with ordinances allowing chickens include Evansville, Indianapolis and Bloomington.

In most cases, residents must obtain a permit, are only allowed up to a handful of chickens, and the birds may not be kept for commercial purposes and must be confined to a coop and pen.