That was to be the only fowl pun I intended to use, but then yours truly was cooped up in council chambers for so long….
Egged on by numerous residents who flocked to council and asked councillors to lay a new bylaw, I came out of my shell and scrambled to permit chickens on condition it did not result in hiring additional bylaw-enforcement officers.
Despite the fact I grew up in England where a neighbour’s filthy coop attracted rats and mice, yours truly crossed the road and, because the sky wasn’t falling, voted to allow a household to keep four chickens.
The eggsacting bylaw also includes the following:
* No roosters are allowed, chickens have to be banded and owners pay a one-time $50 fee when they register with the city.
* A coop has to be located 2.5 metres away from neighbours but the distance can be less on smaller lots if all neighbours agree.
* Coops will be inspected and must be clean and well ventilated.
* Owners are not allowed to slaughter hens or sell eggs and manure.
The bylaw will be ratified (mouse-ified?) at the Nov. 28 council meeting.