Homeowner Hatching a Plan to Raise Chickens in the City

By Brian Schultz

GUILDFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 31: A chicken waits to be judged during the Surrey County Show 2010 at Stoke Park on May 31, 2010 in Guildford, Surrey, England. The annual Surrey County Show is the biggest one day agricultural show in the UK attracting up to 40,00 people. A surge in the numbers of people keeping livestock and growing their own produce has led to a focus on a more rural atmosphere at this year's show. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

A Winnipeg resident planning to raise chickens in his St. Boniface backyard will find out if he can legally do so on Tuesday.

A city committee is set to debate the issue on whether Darby Jones can keep chickens within city limits and raise them. Jones wants to use the eggs to feed his family.

Reaction from his neighbours is mixed — as would be expected. Some don’t mind the idea and welcome the chickens, while others don’t want the smell from the pen making its way over to their residences.

It may seem like a wild idea, but raising chickens is allowed in several Canadian cities already, including Vancouver, Victoria and Niagara Falls.

A Facebook group supporting Jones’ plan currently has over 800 members and counting. A website has even been setup at Chickens4Winnipeggers.com to help draw up support.


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