Checking in on the backyard chicken experience

By Anna Carrera

Published 06/17 2014 04:48PM

Updated 06/18 2014 12:51PM

Update: 10:06 pm
CHAMPAIGN -- Before Tuesday night's city council meeting, city leaders learned about backyard chickens by visiting Karen Carney's backyard. The animals have been legal in town for about six months. Carney's had hers since April.

She says she wants people to understand they don't smell and they don't bother her neighbors. About 40 people came to the open house including council members, neighbors and friends. The hens aren't laying eggs yet, but Carney expects they will by the end of summer.
Original: 6:10 pm
CHAMPAIGN -- Chickens have been allowed in city backyards for about six months now. Tuesday, Karen Carney opened her home to neighbors and city council members to show how the program is going. Carney has five chickens. City ordinance allows up to six.

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