SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Salem City Council has voted 7-1 to schedule a public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would allow residents to keep up to three hens, but no roosters, in back yards.

Ward 6 Councilor Bruce Rogers voted against the measure.

It would allow Salem residents to keep three egg-laying hens, but only under certain conditions and with a required license.

A date for the public hearing was not immediately announced.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com

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