L.I. Man Forced to Get Rid of Pet Chickens

The Great Neck Village board of trustees refused this week to lift a ban on the birds

Thursday, Apr 5, 2012  |  Updated 8:25 AM EDT
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A Long Island resident has been told he must get rid of his pet chickens.      

The Great Neck Village board of trustees refused this week to lift a ban on the birds.      

Now, Alfred Basal must find a new home for Fluffy, Cutie and four other chickens.      
The birds are considered a nuisance under village ordinance.      

Basal bought the chickens about a year ago and has been keeping them in a backyard coop. He was issued a notice of violation in February. He appealed, arguing that the chickens were educational because they produce about six eggs a day.      

Some neighbors expressed concern about salmonella, avian influenza and noise from the birds' clucking, Newsday reported.

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