Autistic boy's chickens win reprieve in Florida


Published: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 12:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 12:21 p.m.

DEBARY — A family's small but technically illegal flock of chickens that help the family's autistic son won a 60-day reprieve from the city's code enforcement board.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that 2-year-old J.J. Hart has become attached to his family's chickens since his parents got them earlier this year. The boy has autism spectrum disorder,

J.J. talks to the chickens — something he didn't do much with anyone before.

On Wednesday, the city's code enforcement board made a temporary decision that only delayed a potential $100-per-day fine under the current law.

The case opens the door to a community campaign to allow the birds in yards around town.

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