Opponents of poultry as backyard pets ducked out of speaking publicly during a public hearing in Bexley on Oct. 26.

Opponents of poultry as backyard pets ducked out of speaking publicly during a public hearing in Bexley on Oct. 26.

About 30 people, all supporters of residents being able to keep chickens in the backyards of the upscale community, flocked to Bexley City Council chambers for the public hearing before council's zoning committee.

None of those in attendance spoke against the increasingly popular movement of raising chickens in urban settings both as pets and for a fresh daily supply of eggs. In fact, all of those who spoke during the meeting urged committee members to formally approve the practice.

The city of Bexley currently has no ordinance that permits, restricts or prohibits keeping chickens.

Zoning committee chairman Rick Weber said that could change by the end of the year. He said he intends to introduce legislation in November and that after three readings and possibly another public hearing, it could be adopted formally in December. The idea is to have an ordinance on the books.

For more information on this story, read the Nov. 4 edition of ThisWeek Bexley.