Allow Woman to Raise Chickens in Richland, Pennsylvania

Target: Rich Brittingham, Zoning Officer for Richland Township

Goal: Allow Richland resident Bevan Allen to keep chickens in her yard

One of the good things about owning a house is the considerable freedom that comes along with it. You can make noise, have pets, and decorate it the way you want. But Richland Township, a town in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is overregulating neighborhoods. Bevan Allen, a resident of Richland, and her neighbors may not be allowed to keep six chickens in Allen’s backyard.

Allen wrote a letter to the Lebanon Daily News website pleading her case, in an article titled “Who could hate a chicken?” She notes that chickens produce one-fourth as much waste as a dog does and make less noise. She uses their manure for her garden and she eats the eggs, promoting a good example of sustainable living for her community.

Bucks County, she notes, has plenty of kept animals that make more noise. She lives near a farm with dozens of cows. There is also an Amish community nearby, and the Amish are allowed to keep horses and ride buggies through the neighborhood. In a rural community, pets are expected. Farms are expected. How is keeping six chickens in a yard an effrontery to laws that promote country living? Urge Rich Brittingham, the zoning officer for Richland Township, to support Bevan Allen’s decision to keep chickens as pets.


Dear Mr. Bowman,

Recently, I read about Bevan Allen and her pet chickens. I was saddened when she wrote that she might not be allowed to keep them. Bevan states that she has heard conflicting information from the Richland Borough Council and zoning officials about whether she’s permitted to have chickens for pets.

She also points out that Bucks County is a rural area with farms, cows, and Amish communities that ride horses and buggies, all of which are likely to cause more noise and/or cleanliness problems than 6 chickens kept in her backyard. Allen cleans up after them, uses their manure for her garden, and eats their eggs. She is a good example of sustainable living in her community.

For the sake of upholding the country lifestyle that Bucks County is known for, please allow Bevan Allen to keep her chickens.


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  1. J Davidson says:

    A true blessing for the community and the animals to obtain eggs without factory farming.

  2. I am now going thru the same thing in South Annville twp. They r making me get rid of my 6 chickens that we raised for my kids 4h and planed on keeping for eggs and teaching my kids about there’s more to life than tv n video games!!

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