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May 19, 2015 4:54 PM

Strawbery Bank Museum wants to have chickens in Portsmouth


PORTSMOUTH - Chickens could be coming to one city neighborhood.

Portmouth's historic Strawbery Banke Museum is looking at adding them to its Victory Garden.

Farm animals aren't currently allowed within city limits, but the museum is seeking a variance to change that.

The museum's president Lawrence Yerdon said they're looking to add 10 to 12 chickens as part of an exhibit.

The city's Board of Adjustment is voting Tuesday night.

Concerns of noise in the city are being addressed by putting the chickens in the center of the museum property, according to Yerdon. He also said he has the support of nearby residents and hasn't yet heard anyone raise any red flags.

One woman who lives near chickens said they'd be a great addition.

"They're really not that big a deal," Jamila Lasante, of North Hampton, said. "My daughter loves to go bring them bread and feed them. They're not noisy, and I think if Strawbery Banke wants to have them as part of an exhibit, it'll be an attraction."

The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. If approved the museum could have the chickens as early as Wednesday.


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