A Saskatoon city committee has balked on a pilot project to allow chickens in Saskatoon backyards.
Saskatoon City Council voted 3-3 on the request by the Saskatoon Bridge City Chickens to study what it would take to implement a pilot project for allowing hens as pets.
Mayor Charlie Clark was one councillor in favour of the vote, recounting his experience with neighbours who had hens in their backyard.
“I’ve actually lived beside that at one point in my life,” said Clark. “And it was far less disruptive than the cats and the dogs in my neighbourhood. And there was actually benefits to our neighbourhood.”
Councillors who voted against the motion were concerned a study into the pilot project would tie up resources and money at a time where the city is dealing with a potential budget shortfall.
The proposal would have seen 30 homeowners take in 3 to 5 hens over an 18 month period.