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Local man forced to give up 'one of the rarest birds on the planet'

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BLACKJACK, Mo (KMOV) – Guy Niere has never had a single complaint from a neighbor, but word got out to the city inspector in Blackjack and that was the beginning of the end.

Even though chickens are allowed in Clayton and Ladue, in Blackjack they are not. Guy Niere’s family has raised chickens in Blackjack since the 1870’s and he’s even written a book and taught classes on how to be an urban chicken owner.

His chickens provide food for his family and fertilizer for his organic, sustainable-living garden. But Blackjack banned chickens over a decade ago and city officials gave Niere three weeks to get rid of his.

He says it won’t be easy, especially for the rare, “Penedesenca” chickens imported from Spain that he’s breeding.

“Since this is one of the rarest birds on the planet, I’m going to have a hard time finding proper homes for them and somebody who can continue this breeding program because I’m not going to relinquish them to history,” he said.

Niere says there are other chicken owners in town and he feels singled out. The mayor told News 4 Niere’s the only breeder the city is aware of.

The mayor also said city was willing to give him more time to get rid of his chickens and is open to talking about the possibility of allowing chickens in the city once again.

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