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Pet chickens debated in Henrietta

Henrietta, N.Y. -- A public hearing for a proposal to allow backyard chickens in Henrietta attracted a clutch of people who wanted to opine on the subject Wednesday night.

The proposal would allow people in residential neighborhoods to raise chickens.

Those in support of the change said chickens are quiet, eat insects and produce healthy, delicious eggs.

Those who spoke out against pet chickens said they produce a large amount of waste, attract skunks and promote disease.

The Centers for Disease Control says salmonella is generally present in residentially-raised chicken, said Dora Lee Alexander, who lives in Henrietta.

Her neighbor, Matthew McGrain, responded saying, The salmonella you can only get if youre ingesting the eggs so my best advice is dont eat the eggs if you dont want salmonella.

Adam Chodak, 13WHAM-TV
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