Reporting Susy Solis
PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) - There is just one piece missing in Jay Gardener’s impressive garden.
Along with pepper, eggplant and figs, Gardner also wants to raise backyard chickens as part of his organic lifestyle.
But in Plano, where Gardner lives, chickens are classified as livestock and are banned in the city.
Gardner is looking to change that and has started a facebook page called “Legalizing Backyard Chickens in Plano” hoping to garner support for the cause. Currently, there are about 150 members on the page.
Gardner says there are many reasons he is hoping to change the city ordinance.
“One is the desire to know where our food comes from and what’s in our food,” he said.
Plano Animal Services has expressed concern that chickens and their feed can attract wildlife and rodents into neighborhoods.
In Dallas, resident Damon Petr has raised hens in a his backyard coop for four years.
He admits he has seen more wildlife, like possums, wander into his yard since he started raising chickens.
“I think it’s their feed and just gardening in general but there is definitely an increase. I don’t think it’s enough to be concerned with,” he said.
His twelve hens make about 5-8 eggs a day, which are highly sought after by friends and family.
“We give them to neighbors behind us, family members, my mom gets them every other week,” he said.
Gardner is hoping he, too, can one day have a coop like Petr’s.
Gardner has spoken with his city council representative and plans to start an online petition in hopes of one day getting a proposed ordinance on the city council’s agenda.
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