JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- People in Jacksonville might soon be able to legally keep chickens in their backyard.
City council members are expected to vote Tuesday evening on a proposed pilot program.
A number of people within city limits already keep chickens cooped in their backyard.
And while it is against the city's current zoning code for residential areas, chicken owners tell First Coast News that the code is rarely enforced.
Genora Crain-Orth is a member of Hens in Jax, a pro-backyard chicken group that's been advocating for the pilot program.
She said a lot of times neighbors will look the other way if they know someone with chickens in a backyard coop.
"They'll have a really good understanding in some cases," Crain-Orth said.
But under the proposed program, people would no longer have to keep their chickens a secret.
If approved, 300 Jacksonville families would have to pass an agriculture class and buy a $25 permit.