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Chickens plucked from Clinton family's yard

CLINTON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Feathers are flying in Clinton over the right to have chickens in your backyard. Beth Kipp and her husband have been forced to remove their pet chickens because the city says it's a zoning violation.

The Kipps disagree saying it's also NOT a violation of their neighborhood covenant.

Beth Kipp said she believes a disgruntled neighbor is behind the city's action.

"It's not a wild bird that we are feeding.These are our pets, Duncan and Buttercup. They had names," said Beth Kipp. "They would respond when we spoke to them, you know, they would do their little chicken coo'ing. We don't even have a rooster, so we couldn't understand why anyone was so upset about it."

The Kipps had to move "Duncan" and "Buttercup" to another location while they fight to get them back or face a 100-dollar a day fine by the city of Clinton.

 An online petition has gathered more than 500 signatures. 

The city released the statement concerning the chickens:

Section 501(D) allows for chickens in areas zoned agricultural (A-1), but in residentially zoned areas this wording is omitted, therefore not an allowed use of land.  The animal control ordinance addresses keeping of animals, but zoning dictates where certain animals are allowed.

Chickens are specifically allowed in agricultural zoned areas (though they still have to meet animal control requirements) and omitted in remaining districts thus being interpreted as only being allowed in ag districts. 

The animal control ordinance applies to all districts in the city, but the zoning districts dictate if certain animals (horses, cows, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, turkeys, etc.) are not allowed. 

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