Saskatoon family told to find new home for pet chickens

One Saskatoon family was told they have to say goodbye to three of their beloved pets because of a city bylaw.

City prohibits chickens being kept as pets

Max Murray holds Magic, his pet chicken. (Madeline Kotzer/CBC)

One Saskatoon family was told they have to say goodbye to three of their beloved pets because of a city bylaw. 

Max Murray (left) and Shane Travis next to their living-room chicken coop. (Madeline Kotzer/CBC)
The Travis family keeps their pet chickens -- Magic, Lacey and Sparkle -- in their living-room coop. However, earlier this month, a City of Saskatoon bylaw enforcement officer visited the family and gave them until early September to find a new home for the fowl. 

Max Murray, 12, has raised his pets since they were chicks. 

Max Murray holds his pet chicken, Magic. (Madeline Kotzer/CBC)
"I just feel angry and depressed, because I can't do anything right now," he said. "I would like to see that they come back to me soon."

Shane Travis, Murray's stepfather, said the chickens are very little trouble to keep. He built the multi-level pen they keep the chickens in.

"They love being in there," he said. "It is just like if you had a rabbit hutch."

In 2010, Saskatoon city councillors decided not to allow chickens in the city.

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