COOP (Chicken Owners Outside Philadelphia)
COOP (Chicken Owners Outside Philadelphia)

State College, PA

State College allows 4 chickens per home

State College will allow residents to keep chickens, though no more than four may roost at a home. Mayor Bill Welch said Monday he doesn't personally like chickens, but doesn't consider the risks involved to support a veto.

The Borough Council narrowly approved ordinances last week to allow single-family homes to keep up to four hens. The chicken coops must be at least 30 feet from surrounding homes and the birds' outdoor runs must be fully enclosed.

Though he doesn't plan a veto, Welch says he also won't sign the ordinances, allowing them to become law without his signature in two weeks. The mayor says the council can repeal the ordinances if chicken-keeping proves "an intolerable nuisance."