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From Northeast to Northwest, the effort to legalize backyard chickens [part 2] 5

At Weavers Way Co-op in Mt. Airy, chicken owners can buy food and get advice on their coop. Photo/

At Weavers Way Co-op in Mt. Airy, chicken owners can buy food and get advice on their coop. Photo/Philadelphia Neighborhoods

This story is the first of two about backyard chickens in Philadelphia and the effort to legalize them. It’s done in partnership with Philadelphia Neighborhoods and NewsWorks. Read part one here.

Members of the Philadelphia Backyard Chickens group met last weekend at the Weavers Way Co-op Community Building at 559 Carpenter Lane in Mt. Airy to discuss ways to get their voices heard and have the law amended so that chickens will be removed from the city’s definition of farm animals.

Resident and agricultural teacher Diane Dunning said she thinks that education about the issue is imperative to making any progress in making it legal for residents to keep chickens in their backyards.. She said she feels that there are positives that could come out of legalizing chickens.

“Raising awareness is probably the main key factor,” she said. People should be educated about chickens. “…how easy they are to take care of and how clean they are. The benefits outweigh the detractors,” she said.

Dunning said she believes that there is a positive health aspect that comes from the eggs that the chickens produce. She feels that the eggs from homegrown chickens are fresher and less chemically enhanced than those eggs bought from stores.

Read the rest of this story from Philadelphia Neighborhoods and read part one here.

  • rich H

    this should not be allowed I live in the city and don’t want the mess from these animals. The people that want them will not take care of like on a farm. Next it will be roosters and the noise from them. Stop this now in its tracks

  • beaucheanesr

    Amen! There are too many people with animals now living in filth & squalor. walk down any rowhome alley & sniff the air/listen to the howls & dodge the doggie diamonds

  • Lynda Desouza

    If you think chickens are well cared for on farms, you must have never been on one to see for yourself.

  • Marie Crawford

    Roosters aren’t necessary to keep a laying hen. Chicken keeping is allowed in most major cities precisely because they are individually owned. It’s the factory farms that give chicken keeping a bad name. Chickens are very clean animals, they’re not noisy, and they provide good protein for people. In fact, before our food supply was industrialized, our government promoted keeping a backyard flock as the duty of a responsible citizen. The truth is, you cannot get eggs in the store, anywhere near the quality of home raised eggs. Keeping a small flock is part of a sustainable way to live and a better quality of life.

  • Katie

    Has there been any update from this story? A friend who lives in Norristown (where it is legal) has 7 backyard chickens. They are wonderful, clean, quiet animals and she gives me great, fresh eggs whenever she has extra. I would LOVE to be able to start my own coop in Phila. The people who feel that chickens are dirty and noisy animals have not done their research. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Educate yourselves before forming a biased opinion! And don’t make judgements on “the people who want to do this”. I hold a master’s degree and work in the education system and my husband is a Philadelphia Police Officer. I also volunteer at the PSPCA and The Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia. I have a small yard in Holmesburg where I am growing peppers and tomatoes. Living in the city should not limit your ability to provide for your family from your own good earth! Eggs from factory farms are chemically altered and come form animals who are cruelly treated. Let’s make a difference in Philadelphia!

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