The chickens may come home to roost

Hen fan applauds Surrey’s plan to allow fowl on 7,200-sq.-ft. lots.

Kate McMaster with one of her hens. The Surrey resident says keeping hens is a form of food security.

A pilot program allowing backyard chickens in Surrey is now complete and it’s expected the fowl will soon be allowed to be kept on local property.

South Surrey’s Kate McMaster hatched the plan a few years ago and is glad to see it finally come to fruition.

The city tried several lot sizes during the pilot program. The recommended minimum lot size will be 7,200 square feet.

The plan was to go before the city’s Agriculture and Food Security Advisory Committee today.

Coun. Mike Starchuk, chair of the committee, likes the idea, but has a few conditions on recommending it to council. One of them is to limit four chickens per lot.

Another, Starchuk says, is to have the properties registered with the city, noting oversight groups want to be able access the properties quickly in case there’s an fowl-related outbreak such as avian flu.

McMaster lives on a 9,200-sq.-ft. property and is thrilled to have the pilot program complete and ready for legalization.

Thirty-four people registered for the program during the pilot phase.

“I am happy with it,” McMaster said Wednesday. “I think it’s high time it’s made a bylaw. As people can see, the entire city of Surrey has not been overrun by marauding chickens.”

Three years ago, McMaster created a  Surrey Backyard Chickens Facebook page, which now has 425 likes, and started up a local chapter of the Canadian Liberated Urban Chicken Klub (CLUCK) in the hopes of legalizing not only her then-clandestine coop, but the many dotted all over the city that she had seen over the years.

“Food security begins in your own backyard and that’s where I am at with this,” McMaster said at the time.

 

Just Posted

RCMP investigate two shootings in Surrey

Incidents happened in Whalley, Newton

Surrey Board of Trade fears SkyTrain expansion will impede other transit needs

‘We need transit improvements in all of Surrey,’ Anita Huberman says

Public hearing set for two Surrey modular housing projects for homeless

Surrey council set to vote Monday on projects in Guildford, Whalley

North Delta Secondary teacher up for B.C. education award

Prabhjot Grewal is up for a Premier’s Award for Excellence in Education in the Outstanding New Teacher category

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

Man with gunshot wound walks into Langley hospital

Injury suffered in Surrey incident, police believe

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Former Fernie Ghostrider re-signs with Vancouver Canucks

Josh Teves has signed a two-year contract with the NHL team

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

Most Read