Jamie Brown raising chickens means a lot to advocates in Chattanooga.
"Many people aren't able to afford healthy organic food and by having a couple birds in your back yard. It provided you with healthy, omega-3, organic eggs," said Brown.
They're so passionate about it that many residents keep them illegally, and because they don't want to get caught, many of them didn't show as much support for the chicken ordinance as they wanted to.
"Even though they weren't the most vocal at the meeting or with their councilmen, they still want it," Brown said.
Councilman Larry Grohn says there was a question of constitutional rights when council members added an amendment that would give neighbors a say so in whether or not a person could own chickens.
"If you had five or six neighbors. One of them could veto you being able to have chickens in your back yards. I think a lot of us thought that was too much power for a neighbor to have over someone," Grohn said.
Taking that amendment out is the reason some of the council changed their vote to no.
Brown says "no" isn't an acceptable answer.
"We're probably gonna petition. We're gonna go and show there are many residents that are in favor of having chickens and if we gotta put on paper we're gonna do it," she said.