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Couple wants Nisky to OK fowl play

"We try to help as much as we can, and every time we are [at the rescue] we try to give them a little bit of money and help with the food supply," she said. "They ask us for nothing, so we do our best, but they are really kind of absorbing the expenses at this point."

She said she views her current court appeal on the ruling of chickens on her property and the petition for micro-farming as two separate matters.

"People have rights, and they need to be preserved so this doesn't happen again," she said.

In her draft of the town code's definition of a farm, she added the exclusion of micro-farms from the definition. She also added definitions for fowl, poultry and micro-farming to the code. The new farm type would only allow for personal gardens and keeping of permitted animals for the production of food for use of residents of a single-dwelling home. Animal housing and structures would need to confirm to the newly added section addressing such regulations.

"We were talking with people in the community, and more people are stopping by here, and there was a lot of anger, and I don't want it to be about anger, I want it to be about education," she said.

To help with the education aspect, Patricia Foreman sent Helm copies of her book "City Chicks," so she could donate them to local schools, libraries and town officials. The book discusses how to keep chickens responsibly in towns and cities to help with gardening, composting and food production.

Helm has also been engaging the community by passing around a petition for residents to sign in support of the proposed amendments and changes to the town code, which she plans to complete around the end of May. All of the signatures will be attached with the proposed amendments when submitted to the Town Board.

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