Gatineau residents flocking to new hobby: backyard chickens

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Published on: June 8, 2020

CBC News / Joseph Tunney / 8 June 2020

People in Gatineau, Que., are flocking to a new hobby during the current pandemic: they’re raising chickens in their backyards.

While backyard chicken coops are prohibited in Ottawa, they’re allowed even in dense urban areas across the river in Gatineau.

In fact, by June 1, the city had handed out nearly as many permits for backyard coops as it did in all of 2019.

“I think the go-to question of the year is where to find chickens,” said Vicki Black, who’s helping neighbours start their own coops in Gatineau’s Aylmer sector.