Cluck Yeah! Mayor Finch Proposes Bridgeporters Can Raise Chickens

28 Mar
Picture of a chicken

This lil’ buddy could be making her way to a backyard in Bridgeport. Photo from Microsoft Clip Art

Why did the chicken cross Route 1?  I don’t know, it’s kind of congested, but it’s sometimes better than taking 95, but then again, it could be worse because you hit all those traffic lights and then you’re waiting, also, when you sometimes get stuck behind slower drivers, but then again, 95 can be pretty clear at times, too…wait, what was the question?

Yes, back to chickens.  Mayor Finch of Bridgeport has made a decision that hasn’t gone over easy with some Bridgeport residents and has ruffled some feathers of fellow poultry-purist politicians, but has others clucking with excitement.  A recent proposal will allow Bridgeporters to raise up to six hens for the purpose of gathering eggs for personal use.  I suppose if you love them as just pets, that’s fine too…hey, we’re not gonna judge ya.  Roosters, on the other hand, are not allowed.    Must…resist…cock…jokes…

Before it can get into the rule books, it must be passed by the Bridgeport City Council, though.  Some other stipulations of this not-so-paltry poultry proposal is that chickens are not to be slaughtered for food, owners have to keep their cages clean, and need to figure out where to safely dispose of the chicken turds.  

And, to help residents prepare for this, Mayor Finch mentioned that there will be many mandatory workshops on chicken raising in the coming months.  Some of them will be held right at the Beardsley Zoo where he made the announcement with April 10 being the first event.  For info, please give the zoo a call at (203) 394-6565. If this gets approved, Bridgeport will join Stamford, Westport, and other places in Fairfield County that have approved backyard chicken raising and coops.  Cluck yeah!  

More info about cities and towns in CT that allow chickens can be found here.

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