CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) -- A group of poultry lovers want the Cedar Rapids to join what they say is a growing number of cities allowing urban chickens to cluck away in back yards.

Rebecca Mumaw of Citizens for the Legalization of Urban Chickens late Tuesday asked the Cedar Rapids City Council to allow up to six hens in the backyards of single-family homes.

Mumaw said raising a limited number of egg-laying hens will allow residents to raise their own food just as they do in vegetable gardens now. She said an urban-chicken ordinance could bar roosters and the outdoor slaughter of chickens.

Matt Mayer, another supporter of raising backyard chicken, claims a five-pound chicken produces about as much waste as a five-pound dog.

Mayer said backyard chickens are a growing trend, noting increased interest in Backyard Poultry magazine.

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Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazetteonline.com/

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