GREENE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Birds of a feather will soon flock together in a Greene County family's backyard. On Tuesday night, the board of supervisors approved a special use permit for a Ruckersville family to have ducks and chickens at its residential home.

Having those types of animals in a residential neighborhood used to be prohibited, but supervisors changed the rules.

"This is for the neighborhood section. So raising chickens is an agricultural use. It's by right. You can have as many chickens as you want in the agricultural section but in a neighborhood where the houses are closer together, you know agricultural uses have a different impact,” said Jim Frydl, Greene County planning director and zoning administrator.

Supervisors say they were pleased with the applicant’s response to concerns after coming up with a plan on how to deal with animal waste. The family says it will keep six female ducks and six chickens in the backyard.