Backyard chickens ruffle feathers in Great Neck

GREAT NECK - A Great Neck man has presented a petition to Village Hall asking for his chickens to be legalized as acceptable pets. Alfred Basal brought home six chickens last year, keeping them in a coop in his backyard. However, some residents say he is in violation of local policy, and village code 163-8 even declares chickens and other farm animals to be a nuisance to the community. Basal has been issued a violation, but insists his birds are quiet and clean. He wants village officials to amend the code. The issue was discussed at a village hearing tonight, but no decision was reached.

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