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YOUNGSTOWN – A public hearing on adoption of a local law allowing residents to raise fowl and birds of prey will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday in Youngstown Village Hall.

The law – the first of its kind in the village – would allow residents to raise a limited number of chickens (no roosters), ducks, turkeys, pigeons or other fowl in the rear of their village properties, according to village officials. Guidelines would prohibit owners from raising the fowl to be slaughtered outdoors on their premises.

In addition, the law would permit raising birds of prey under strict state Department of Conservation guidelines.

The consideration of this new local law is in response to a couple of requests by village residents to raise chickens in their backyards and the request of one resident to raise a falcon for study and release, according to village officials.