Bethlehem OKs middle schooler’s fowl plan

Bethlehem Planning Board approves site plan allowing boy to raise pet chickens

— Other stipulations stated the chickens can’t be slaughtered on the property. The chickens must remain for personal use, with no selling of eggs, compost waste or the chickens themselves.

The Manley’s can keep up to three chickens, but will most likely start with two. The coop and run will be built in the spring, and chicks will be purchased once it’s complete.

Luke hopes his hard work will help him earn a Citizenship in Community badge and Citizenship in the Country badge with the Boy Scouts. He also said he will use the chickens and the eggs they produce to give lessons in school and at 4H.

“I think it will be a lot of fun,” he said. “I read all the books I could at the library, and my dad will be helping me because he grew up on a dairy farm and they had chickens.”

Luke said he plans to purchase two German breed chickens. He want’s to name one Nannerl, which was a nickname of Mozart’s sister. The other chicken will be named either Margo or Octavia. All of the names were found in books he’s read.

“I am very happy because Luke is a kid who is not interested in competition and sports or a lot of the afterschool stuff that is mainstream,” said Andi. “I don’t know much about chickens, so I guess we’ll just take it a day at a time.”

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