The Ottawa Humane Society worries backyard chickens will end up at its shelter if coops become legal in urban Ottawa. ((CBC))

An Ottawa group pushing to change a bylaw banning chickens from urban backyards says it needs more time to strengthen its case for a pilot project.

The Ottawa chapter of Cluck — Canadians Liberating Urban Chickens Klub — was set to make its case for allowing backyard chicken coops at a June 29 meeting of the city's community and protective services committee.

At the committee's previous meeting, Coun. Alex Cullen put forth a notice of motion to permit a one-year pilot project but he withdrew his motion at Cluck's request.

Cluck Ottawa chair Lyssa Rhodes said it would give her group more time to educate the public about backyard coops and make a better case to the city.

"We thought we only really get one opportunity to do this," Rhodes said. "So we wanted to do it well and we just felt that three weeks to get everything in and presented was rushing it."

Advocates of backyard chicken coops say they give people more control over what goes into the food they eat.

Cullen said he would reintroduce the motion when Cluck was ready to proceed and Rhodes said she expected the councillor to present the motion again in September.

Though Rhodes's group advocates strict rules for chicken owners, the Ottawa Humane Society has said it's worried the legalization of coops may start a fad, which people may quickly abandon to animal welfare groups.