Hearing set this afternoon on backyard chicken rules

Jackson County commissioners will hold a public hearing at 1:30 p.m. today at the Jackson County Courthouse auditorium to discuss whether chickens should be allowed to roost in backyards in White City.

The courthouse is located at 10 S. Oakdale Ave. in Medford.

Jackson County officials sent warning letters recently to seven White City residents to get rid of chickens in their backyards

The letters warned the residents to get rid of chickens and other farm animals or risk a $600 fine. If unresolved, the fines could have gone as high as $10,000.

Many county residents denounced the potential fines and expressed dismay at the ban on chickens in White City, spurring Jackson County commissioners to say they'd take a look at easing the regulations.

Most cities in the county allow chickens and other farm animals. In fact, chickens are more common in cities because of the depressed economy, as well as growing interest in locally produced food.

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