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Backyard hen owners hope Toronto pilot project goes permanent

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January 4, 2019
By CBC News

Betty is the kind of gal who knows how to make an entrance.

She’s got a confident strut, and her voice has a distinctive warble. She’s a fan of anything that sparkles — diamond rings always catch her eye — and she can’t walk by a mirror without pausing to check herself out.

She’s also a chicken: An 11-month-old Black Sex-link hen, to be precise.

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“They’re part of our family now,” says her owner Lisa Yu, who’s raising three chatty, distinctive hens with her husband Ken in the city’s east end as part of the city’s three-year pilot project, set up to determine whether raising urban chickens is a good fit for Toronto.

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