Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

September 11, 2013

Chesterfield County considers backyard chickens

Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — Interest in backyard chickens is growing in Virginia.

Media outlets report that Chesterfield County officials are considering allowing backyard chickens in residential areas.

The Chesterfield County Agriculture and Forestry Committee gave preliminary endorsement to the idea on Tuesday. Committee member Howard Nester said the backyard chicken trend is growing across the country.

Meanwhile, Norfolk City Council has loosened the city’s backyard chicken rules.

Council members voted Tuesday to expand the city’s land-size requirement for chickens. Residents with at least 10,000 square feet of property can have up to four hens. The previous requirement was at least an acre.