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The idea has been gaining popularity, but at the same time it's been controversial. Fresh eggs right from your backyard versus noise and smell concerns.  Geneseo only allows its residents to own chickens if they live on five acres or more.  It's an ordinance that's has been in place for a number of years. It's creating a problem for some looking to move into town.

"I'm wanting to change the zoning law so that we can have up to eight hens," said Geneseo resident Kristin Mortensen.  She was raised on a farm and says healthy eating is a way of life.  The only problem is I gets costly if you don't own your own farm.
 
"A lot of families nowadays are living minimally and they can't afford to buy organic eggs at the store because I think in town here they are about $4.99 for a carton of eggs. If you raise your own chickens, you get eggs for the price of what you're feeding your chickens," said Mortensen.  Mortensen already owns five chickens, but can't move into town yet because of its ordinance. She started a Facebook group and petition called 'Back Yard Chickens In Geneseo' to raise awareness on why residents should be allowed to own chickens in town.  "I'm hoping to do it for the benefit of the families in our community, fresh eggs, learning experience for the children and the food industry is not what it should be today."
                                                       
" I signed the petition because I feel strongly about this beginning to be an opportunity for families to be more self sustainable and come back to the idea of knowing where our food comes from," said petition-signer Kimberly Windisch.

One Geneseo resident against the petition wanting to remain anonymous says chickens shouldn't be allowed within city limits. "I believe there would be an issue with odor and perhaps noise and just the look of chickens. If you want to have that you should live more in a country setting.

" It's a good looking town and we have to make sure they know in city council that we will keep these coups clean and if we don't there will be repercussions ," said Mortensen.

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