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.