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Chicken Coops Popping Up In Backyards Across Brooklyn

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Rebecca Lax's chicken Sophia Lor-Hen (credit: Rebecca Lax)

Rebecca Lax’s chicken Sophia Lor-Hen (credit: Rebecca Lax)

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Most people in Brooklyn get their eggs at the supermarket but some get them right from their backyard.

Rebecca Lax, who lives on Sixth Avenue in Park Slope, began raising chickens three years ago and they’ve since become a part of the family — even getting their own names.

The Lax family eats the eggs Chai, Pepper, Bonniecakes and Sophia Lor-Hen produce but never the birds themselves.

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“We would never eat a pet, they’re so wonderful,” Lax said. “They’re beautiful, beautiful birds.”

Lax is not the only Brooklynite to dabble in some old-fashioned farming.

Her neighbor, Anna Klinger, also raises chickens. Klinger, a restaurant owner, agrees that her birds would never end up on the menu.

“But you’re grilling some chicken,” 1010 WINS’ John Montone pointed out.

“I know,” Klinger responded. “But this is like my son’s pet, they follow him around, you know, I couldn’t possibly cook his pet.”

It’s a bit difficult to populate the coop nature’s way because it’s illegal to keep a rooster in New York City.

“They crow at 5 o’clock in the morning, just when the sun rises,” Lax said. “They’re very loud, so New York City won’t allow it.”

Over in Bedford-Stuyvesant, chicken enthusiast Noah Leff has three chickens of his own and has even started a company, Victory Chicken, to help others across the borough start up their own coop.

Leff hopes to establish 1,000 coops in New York City over the next four years, according to the company’s Facebook page.

Would you consider setting up a chicken coop in your backyard? Let us know below!

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