Swansboro in Onslow County is considering allowing backyard chickens. A town law prohibits livestock within town limits, but it doesn't specifically list chickens.
A group of Swansboro locals would really like to have a few chickens in their backyard, so they went to town officials to try and get an ordinance passed to allow just that. Many people consider their chickens pets, and some homeowners in the town limits say they want the companionship and their eggs to feed their families. Some other perks are chicken fertilizer, and chickens eat insects and leftovers.
"They're quiet. They're easy maintenance, and they're fairly easy to take care of. I think that everyone moving back to a more localized conception of eating and living and simplifying their lives, I think its a great part of it."
said J.R. Sweet of Sweet Poppy Farm in Swansboro.
Swansboro has to decide how many chickens are reasonable, if they should allow roosters, and coop size expectations. The town will hold a special meeting next month to discuss backyard chicken laws. They will then draft an ordinance based on their decision.