Staunton and Augusta County consider allowing residents to have backyard chickens

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STAUNTON, Virginia — Officials in Augusta County and Staunton are considering allowing residents to have backyard chickens.

Staunton City Council voted last week to put a backyard chicken proposal before the city planning commission for a recommendation. The News Leader (http://bit.ly/1yzcD56 ) reports that dozens of backyard chicken supporters filled the council chambers.

Also last week, the Augusta County Board of Supervisors agreed to review a backyard chicken proposal. The proposal would allow up to four backyard hens in areas zoned residential on lots of at least 2 acres.

Allison Profeta is a member of a group called Staunton Backyard Hen Advocates. She tells the newspaper that hens require little space and aren't noisy. They also eat table scraps, which reduces household waste.

Profeta says owners will get the benefits of fresh eggs.


Information from: The News Leader, http://www.newsleader.com

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