BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Metro Council voted against the expansion of how many chickens residents could own.
With a vote of 7-4, the council chose not to double the number of chickens property owners can keep on their land if it is less than an acre from three to six.
Metro Councilmember Ryan Heck says he proposed the ordinance change because he has received dozens of calls from constituents asking how many chickens they could own on their property. He believes this is due to the growth of the organic food and farm-to-table movement.
Councilmember Trae Welch opposed the change because he didn't want to bring more chickens into recognized neighborhoods.