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Lonnie Luther, owner of L&M Farm in Damascus, breeds chickens and is the co-superintendent of the Montgomery County 4H Poultry Club. He said current setback rules prohibit homeowners in suburban areas from owning chickens because the birds require a coop for shelter from predators and the weather. "Chickens are not tree birds, they are ground birds; they need to be out scratching in the dirt," said Luther, pictured with a White Crested Black Polish rooster. "You don't need a lot of space, but you need someplace to keep them."