By Ken Molestina

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IRVING (CBSDFW.COM) — Residents in Irving are at odds about a new ordinance that would among other things limit the number of chickens a home owner can have on their property.

A fierce opponent of the proposal, Nancy Starnes said, “I don’t think they have the right to come into our backyards. It’s our business and it’s all we have on our little parcel of land.”

The ordinance under debate would make it illegal to have any roosters and limit the number of hens to 6. It also includes regulation on the housing and care for the chickens.

Starnes has about 25 chickens at her home and according to her they produce about a dozen and a half eggs daily.

While residents like Starnes oppose the move, others like Larry Pittman said it’s a good start in ridding the city of what he considers to be a nuisance.

“It’s like a barking dog all night. A rooster interrupting you through the night is like a loud muffler,” said Pittman.

Like Starnes, Pittman addressed city leaders during a feedback meeting. He said his message was simple and suggested, “No roosters what-so- over. Restrict the hens if you have to have chickens at all.”

City officials said they will now take their findings and hopefully refine their current draft before the city council votes on whether to adopt the ordinance or not. But no date is set for when that could happen.

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