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The records: In 2010, the City of Columbia created an ordinance to manage public health and safety in regards to owning chickens in city limits.
Why you'd want them: The ordinance tells you how many chickens you can have and what kind of enclosure the chickens must be contained in. Chickens cannot be free range. A hen house must be built with specific requirements detailed in the ordinance. An owner may have up to six chickens which must all be female.
Where you go: Go to gocolumbiamo.com/Health/Documents/Ord20549_Chickens.pdf
How much it will cost: This information is free.