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Fort Lauderdale Hen Project Petitions City Commission to Allow Backyard Chickens

Josephine Jones loves chickens.

"They're awesome pets," says Jones. "They're friendly. They're not aggressive. I consider them productive pets. They're very sociable - they're just awesome."

Jones, along with co-organizer Melissa Kloepfer and her daughter Lindy Kloepfer, are the forces behind a relatively new yet quickly growing movement - the Fort Lauderdale Hen Project.

UPDATE: FTL Hen Project received confirmation from the City of Fort Lauderdale Commision that they will be allowed to speak at the meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in City Hall. Be there if you wish to show your support. Nearly 650 people have signed their petition and you can too.

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