Raising Chickens: A Growing Trend in Connecticut?
Is raising chickens becoming a 'thing' in Connecticut?
I will be the first one to admit that freshly laid eggs make for a gratifying culinary experience, just ask Renae Brescia from New Milford. Except Renae decided to take the concept of newly laid eggs to a new level by acquiring 8 of her very own chickens.
An article on ctinsider.com tells the story of Brescia's idea to raise chickens of her own as a new adventure during the COVID-19 outbreak. After bonding with her new pet chickens, yes, each one has a name, that according to New Milford zoning laws, she doesn't have enough room on her property for her newfound pets.
I didn't realize you could bond with a chicken. It's true. Renae's beautiful birds follow her everywhere when she's outdoors. But now she has a problem. New Milford requires 0.75 acres to keep 50 chickens, so currently, Renae is working with zoning officials to amend that rule, so smaller properties are allowed to keep a small number of chickens. If you're thinking about raising chickens of your own, this youtube video is perfect. I watched the entire video, and I can tell you it's a lot of work!