"A woman in Buffalo has just held a welcome party for her chickens after a year of being without them. Monique Watts lost her hens Buttercup, Minnie, Meg, Tilda and Mama Effie a year ago after someone had reported her for keeping them illegally. She hadn't realised that there had been a recent city ordinance banning residents from owning chickens.
Monique started keeping chickens in her backyard as she was conscious of where her food came from. She was upset to have them taken away from her and decided to fight for a change in law and to get her pets back. With the help of her councilman she managed to get a new ordinance passed allowing residents of Buffalo to keep up to five chickens as long as their neighbours agree to it.
After welcoming her hens back Monique plans to continue her fight as she believes the ordinance is still restrictive. She believes that everyone deserves to have fresh eggs and she wants keeping hens to be completely legalized."
I'm incredibly lucky because my family and I live in town but also work in an orchard growing apples, pears and plums. We're only a few miles from the sea so we get the very best of British Town, Country & Coastal Living.
We have dogs and cats, horses, ferrets, chickens and quail, a tortoise, a parrot and a jackdaw called Sparrow who was rescued from the orchard with a broken wing.
We have a lot of fun.
We're passionate about the British countryside, wildlife, gardening, antiques, animals, books, art, design,vintage, home, food, living (and trading) in an ethical and environmentally sustainable way.