Local hens are already cluckin’ about the 2020 elections


(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)
(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A local group that wants to change an ordinance that bars people in the city from having hens in their backyard — and they’ve been working on it for a while.

The group, 4 Virginia Beach Hens, was formed more than six years ago to pressure members of City Council into adjusting the ordinance and allow residents to raise hens in their backyard.

The group has recently become a nonprofit and started having board meetings, according to their website, and will host a meeting Sunday to organize support.

The meeting is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will be at 4425 Shore Drive in Virginia Beach, suite 104.

The 4 Virginia Beach Hens Facebook group is targeting those City Council members who are up for reelection in 2020.

They are:

  • Mayor Bobby Dyer
  • Shannon Kane
  • Rosemary Wilson
  • Sabrina Wooten
  • Jessica Abbott

It’s unclear whether Abbott will attend Sunday’s meeting, but part of her platform during her 2016 campaign for council consisted of changing the city’s ordinance regarding backyard hens.

“Backyard hens are the reason I ran,” said Abbott in a November 2016 interview. “Denver did it, New York City did it, there are lots of big cities that allow people to have hens in their backyard and we’re stuck in some backwards way of thinking that people can’t have eggs.”

Sunday’s meeting is open to the public.

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