SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Salem City Council has given final approval to a measure that will allow Salem residents to keep chickens in their backyards.

The vote Monday night was 7-2.

The change would allow residents to keep as many as three hens, but no roosters. Owners would pay a $50 license fee.

The Statesman Journal reports the backyard chicken coop issue has been before the council a dozen times in two years. The new chicken rule will take effect Jan. 1.

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