As luck would have it, San Francisco-based author Matthew Wolpe is now in the Northeast promoting the book he co-authored, Reinventing the Chicken Coop. The book is a manual for building "designer" shelters for chickens. Earlier today, on WAMC, Pat Bradley talked with Wolpe about his book and about raising backyard chickens. Bradley's report, which includes a review of the state of urban chicken husbandry in the Capital District, can be heard by clicking here.
So far, of cities in the Capital District, only Troy allows backyard chickens. Two years ago, a law allowing backyard chickens in Albany was passed by the Common Council but vetoed by Mayor Jerry Jennings. It may be a while before we know if Hudson will join the urban chicken-raising elite. Even if the law is passed by the Common Council tomorrow night, it could still be vetoed by Mayor Hallenbeck.
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