A Kent Woodlands, Calif., neighborhood association says a family’s chickens and their $13,000 chicken coop violate local rules banning “barnyards” and hence must go.. But the family says the rules clearly state “caged birds” are indeed allowed..

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Andy Matthews, his wife Tracy and their 9-year-old daughter Raine have a problem. The neighborhood association says the family’s chickens and their $13,000 coop violate local rules about having barnyard pets.

“We have some people with very strong feelings about not having chickens,” Barry Evergettis said.

The family insists they haven’t broken any rules.

“If the CCR’s said no chickens, no problem,” Andy Matthews said. “But they allowed caged birds. That is a cage and these are birds.”

Initially, the family got chickens to teach Raine about sustainability. They grow much of what they eat in the backyard.

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