By Stephanie KolpNBC NewsDEBARY, Fla. --
A 3-year-old autistic boy will be allowed to keep his chickens.
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A special exception was approved by the DeBary City Council on Wednesday night.
The parents of J.J. Hart had been fighting city officials for more than a year to allow their son to keep his three pet chickens.
The boy's parents said they've seen big differences in their son since the chickens were brought to their home.
"The changes are tremendous," Ashleigh Hart said. "He's talking."