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Salem Zoning Board to Discuss Urban Chickens Tonight

The Salem Zoning Board of Appeals will discuss the future of urban chicken coops at their meeting Wednesday night.

Patch file video.
Patch file video.
Believe it or not - there are more than a few urban chicken coops in Salem.

The video above was shot last summer on Dearborn Street, where Maura Murphy proudly keeps her coop. 

At tonight's meeting of the Salem Zoning Board of Appeals, board members will consider an administrative appeal of a decision made by the Building Commissioner regarding the agricultural use of the property at 69 Orchard St., according to the posted agenda.

The appeal calls for revoking the Building Commissioner's previous ruling that flocks of chickens can be considered pets and are not necessarily part of an agricultural business. 

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. on the third floor of the City Hall Annex on Washington Street. 
Merry Christmas March 19, 2014 at 09:21 AM
I would not allow any one to eat any animal or product of animal from any grown source in the soil in salem. maybe people need to realize why many farms were shutdown.
Jan Pellegrini March 19, 2014 at 10:01 AM
I think it is awesome! As long as your neighbors are ok, why not! I have three responsible friends and one neighbor who have them. Teaches children where food comes from.
Denise Delaney March 19, 2014 at 11:02 AM
I think its great. I would hope there would be a limit to the amount of chickens you can have. William and Sonoma are selling some really nice "urban coops"..... very $$$$ but very chic.
Ellen Rittgers March 20, 2014 at 08:55 AM
Denise, there usually are limits on the number of chickens that can be kept as a back yard flock, just as there are limits on the number of dogs or cats that can be kept without being considered a kennel. Like dogs, if hens are kept properly, they are not smelly or noisy. Any animal that isn't well kept can become a nuisance, chickens no more so than a noisy, dirty or aggressive dog. Viva la Urban Chickens!!
Michael McNeil March 20, 2014 at 09:45 AM
How far away from the property line must the chickens be kept?

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