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Hens coming home to roost in La Pêche

By: Stuart Benson

Residents of the municipality of La Pêche will soon be able to set up hen coops on their properties after the council tabled a draft bylaw for the pilot project on May 4 and subsequently adopting the bylaw at an extraordinary council meeting on May 19.

Claude Giroux, municipal councillor for Ward 6, who initially pushed the project forward to a discussion at the urbanism committee, said that COVID-19 has accelerated the process of getting the project approved.

“Even before COVID-19, people wanted to do this, so I pushed it forward,” Giroux explained. “Then COVID-19 came around and it becomes framed around the issue of food security, and there you go.”

Mayor Guillaume Lamoureaux told The Low Down that residents have been asking for this ever since Gatineau allowed its citizens to do the same in March 2019.

“We first intended to include it in a broader mandatory review of our urbanism bylaw that follows the adoption of the MRC master plan,” Lamoreaux explained, “but the pandemic is raising concerns around food security and autonomy, and many citizens want to do more to participate in this collective effort.”

The project allows residents to keep a minimum of three and a maximum of five hens – no roosters allowed for the obvious noise issues – in a coop and outdoor enclosure on a resident’s property, allowing for residents to harvest the eggs the hens lay and providing a secure and sustainable source of protein.

Unfortunately for the budding livestock entrepreneur, under the bylaw, it will be prohibited to sell the eggs, meat, manure or any other substance produc