- Associated Press - Sunday, January 4, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) - A 10-year-old girl is pushing officials in her posh Detroit suburb to allow residents to keep chickens in their yards.

Caroline Baxter has appeared before the Bloomfield Hills City Commission to promote the idea, and her plan is to come up for discussion again at its next meeting Jan. 13.

Caroline is an animal lover with quite a collection already.

“I have five gerbils, a guinea pig, two dogs, four fish, a bunch of snails,” the fifth-grader told WDIV-TV (https://bit.ly/1K2M9jl ).

She said she thinks chickens make ideal pets.

“I went to farm camp and we got the opportunity to hold a chicken, and so I just really bonded with them,” she told the station. “They’re so passionate, and they’re really social.”

A number of Michigan cities, including Lansing and the Detroit suburbs of Ferndale and Madison Heights, allow people to keep chickens on their property. Bloomfield Hills, a community of 3,900 that is among the nation’s wealthiest cities with a per-capita income of $105,000, does not.

Caroline decided that should change and took it up with her city’s leaders at their meeting last month.

“She came up with a rather well-prepared letter making a request, and it gave these points about how chickens are better than dogs and cats, and cleaner,” said Bloomfield Hills City Manager Jay Cravens.

People who raise chickens usually do so for eggs or meat. But Caroline, a vegetarian, said she’s just interested in having them as pets.

Whether she wins or loses her campaign to legalize chickens in Bloomfield Hills, Caroline says she plans to continue her interest in birds. She said she plans to attend Cornell University to study ornithology.

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Information from: WDIV-TV, https://www.clickondetroit.com

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Information from: WDIV-TV, https://www.clickondetroit.com

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