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Cary legalizes backyard chickens

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CARY, N.C.--The battle to legalize backyard chickens has ended in Cary.

On Thursday night, the town council approved an ordinance that will allow up to five hens behind most single-family homes.

A few years ago, Matthew Duboise of Durham traded his pest control tools for power tools when he entered the world of chicken coops.

"We have four coops in our immediate neighborhood and I know right here in Durham there are several."

With high demand around him, he cracked open a successful business building custom designed coops.

He started his business "Carolina Coops" three years ago and says the chicken coop trend has boomed in the Triangle region.

“Every year, we've doubled our business,” he said.

Now that Cary has legalized backyard chickens, he expects he'll be busy.

“They're two different cities with two different rules but Cary is making it their own,” he said.

Kathy Martin began raising her chickens in Durham three years ago.

“Chickens are not that noisy anymore so it's not a nuisance noisewise,” she said.

She's excited for Cary residents who will now be able to do the same.

“We're not worried about the diseases, we know our eggs are fresh.”

The chicken coops haven't just provided health benefits, Martin says her children have learned valuable lessons of responsibility.

“It gave me an opportunity to learn how to take care of an animal,” says her son Will.

Animals that will now be allowed in Cary's backyards.

If a Cary resident's Homeowners Association does not allow chickens, they will not be able to have them.

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