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As a legally owned urban chicken, Sussex is able to strut around with her head held high. With the passage of an upcoming ordinance amendment that would permit backyard hens, other city chickens may soon be able to stand tall.

Sussex lives with four other hens on Willard Street in Westville. Her owner, Rebecca Weiner, is one of a several New Haveners who have received zoning permission to keep hens in their backyards. A newly proposed ordinance would extend that permission citywide, allowing all residents to keep up to six hens.

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