Real Estate & Property Law

New Law Makes Buffy-the-Wormslayer Legal, Lets Attorney Show Off $1,200 Coop with Auto Door-Opener


Only a year ago, Attila-the-Hen, Buffy-the-Wormslayer and Motherclucker could have been roosting on the wrong side of the law in a palatial $1,200 coop in the back yard of Jody Noble-Choder, a Pittsburgh corporate attorney.

But, in response to growing interest among residents in urban farming, city officials earlier this year enacted an ordinance that explicitly allows backyard chickens on 2,000-square-foot lots, reports the Wall Street Journal in a front-page article today.

The change in the law made it possible for Noble-Choder to organize the city’s first urban chicken coop tour this summer. Her own hens live the luxe life with amenities including an automatic door-opener, but apparently lack the chandelier that at least one coop featured on a similar tour in Phoenix.

“Some chicken people are coming out of the closet,” she tells the newspaper.

Related coverage:

Post-Gazette: “Ordinance changes bother keepers of bees, chickens”

Post-Gazette: “Pittsburgh Urban Chicken Coop Tour to be held on Sunday”

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