Urban Chickens and the 2013 Chicks-In-The-Hood Tour
You may know that more and more people across the country are starting to keep chickens in their backyards… but did you know that your neighbors in Pittsburgh might have chickens themselves?
Pittsburgh actually has Urban Agricultural codes that allow people living in the city to keep chickens and bees. Currently, these require that potential chicken keepers must apply for a zoning variance, which can cost up to $300. Several groups in the city are working to make it easier for people in Pittsburgh to keep backyard flocks. Pittsburgh Pro Poultry People (P4) is working with Grow Pittsburgh, Burgh Bees, and the City of Pittsburgh to amend these requirements. You can find the full Urban Agricultural Zoning code here, and more information about how the code was passed at the Pittsburgh Legislative Information Center.
In order to spread the word about backyard chickens and how useful they are, this Sunday, June 9, P4 is hosting the third annual Chicks-in-the-Hood tour, a tour of Pittsburgh Urban Chicken Coops. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can travel around Pittsburgh to meet and greet some of these enthusiastic chicken keepers for yourself!. Across the city, volunteers will be showcasing their own urban agriculture and chicken coops, and offering information for how you can start your own flock. Even if you aren’t in the market for backyard chickens, this tour gives the entire family a chance to take pictures and get to know these feathery creatures a little bit better.
Tickets are $10 per person (under 18 is free!), and all proceeds will go to Just Harvest. With your ticket, you will also receive a map with directions to all the participating coops, and a Chicks-in-the-Hood collectable pin.
Tickets will be available the day of the tour from these locations:
1. Quiet Storm in Friendship/Garfield
2. Tazza D’Oro in Highland Park
3. Animal Nature in Regent Square
4. Thompson 0.08 Acres at 1240 Resaca Place, Pittsburgh 15212
5. Choderwood at 7665 Lock Way West, Pittsburgh 15206
Contact Jody Noble-Choder at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about the tour.