New Horry County ordinance may bring the barnyard to backyard

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Horry County lawmakers are considering a new ordinance that would allow for residents to keep chickens and bee hives for conditional uses including small-scale agriculture.

In the last few years there seems to be a tremendous rise and interest in raising chickens in residential and urban areas. Whether the small scale operation is for local food production, environmental sustainability, foodie street cred, or just a desire to return to a more agrarian way of life of self-reliance, the number "backyard farms" is on the rise, and it may be coming closer to Horry County.

SCNow points out that Horry County leaders are meeting to discuss a new ordinance that would allow certain residents to raise chickens and bees. A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for Thursday, April 5, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at the Horry County Government Center building.

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