WESTFIELD, NJ — Why did the chicken cross the road?
It’s no joke but rather a question Board of Health President Lawrence Budnick likely pondered as he witnessed a chicken cross in front of his car in the area of Knollwood Terrace and Norgate Road last Sunday.
“It was just crossing the street,” Budnick told TAPinto Westfield. “I looked at it, and I stopped my car short. … It was surprising.”
Budnick shared the experience at an otherwise serious board of health meeting earlier this week as members learned the town council would be holding off on a plan to legalize backyard hen raising. Budnick said a neighbor had set up a chicken coop and despite the coop’s being fenced in, the fowl had gotten loose.
“The chicken was just crossing the road and my neighbor and I were just waiting,” he said.
While Councilwoman Dawn Mackey has noted that some hen raisers have been “grandfathered in,” she recently said the town council’s plan to legalize chickens remains on hold until the spring.
Until then, chicken raising in Westfield (at least officially) remains off limits, Westfield Regional Health Department Director Megan Avallone said.
“The governing body is going to hold off on making any decisions at this time,” Avallone said. “Right now, chickens are not allowed, and we’ll be following up with the chicken at large.”
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