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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Backyard Chicken Coops a Possibility

Orillia | by Ken Hashizume  

Orillia residents might be allowed to put their eggs all in one basket

There may come a day when chickens will come home to roost in Orillia.

Council Committee has directed staff to hold a public open house on whether to allow backyard hen coops for egg production.

Mayor Steve Clarke says this about food security that is supported by the Orillia Food Council and other groups.

He says the health unit has also weighed in and they will be consulting with stakeholders about where they stand on this.

Clarke says other Canadian cities like Vancouver, Victoria, and Guelph have allowed residents to keep chicken coops at their homes.

He says he is not sure which direction the issue will go until they hear back from staff.

Clarke says if this does go forward there will need to be measures in place to protect residents from hens roaming free.

He says the guidelines would be no different than domestic animals such as dogs.

Staff report is expected to report back at the May 30th Council Committee meeting.




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