The number of chickens taking up residence in backyards around northeast Johnson County has been on the increase this spring and more may be on the way.
Mission, which made backyard chickens legal last year, approved its third permit at a council meeting last month. Roeland Park recently approved a permit for another family to have chickens, bringing its total to eight. The Roeland Park City Council will discuss a change to the permitting process that would eliminate the need to have applicants get city council approval for backyard chickens.
Saturday morning Mission residents Jaycie Timms and her mother, Dana, were at Mack Hardware on Johnson Drive looking over the baby chicks for sale and learning more about taking care of them. Jaycie, a junior at SM East, has been researching backyard chickens in hopes of convincing the family to bring some home. Dana said her daughter already has the names picked out for them.
The chicks are a first for Mack in response to the new ordinance in Mission and demand fore people getting back to nature. Kelly Mack said the store had sold 15 chicks by Saturday from the New Hampshire Reds, Black Giants and Buff Rocks available. They all lay brown eggs he said.
“We’re finding families coming into the backyard chicken movement and they’re finding some of the top benefits beside fresh eggs, include recycling food waste, chemical free bug and insect control and a great learning experience for the family,” said Mack.