By Brian Schultz
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.