Prince William County Coles District Supervisor Yesli Vega has a poultry proposition that's sure to ruffle some feathers: more people should be allowed to own chickens as egg costs continue to soar.
Vega, who has long been a proponent of backyard farming, believes that the high cost of eggs is due in part to the monopoly held by commercial egg producers. "We need to break up these big egg cartels and give the little guy a chance," Vega declared at a recent board meeting. "What better way to do that than by letting everyone raise their own chickens?"
The proposal has some residents clucking with excitement. "I've always wanted to have a little coop in my backyard," said local resident Cornelia Peckerson. "It's like having your own personal breakfast factory!"
But not everyone is sold on the idea. "I don't want to live next to someone who has a bunch of noisy, smelly chickens running around their yard," said disgruntled resident Harrison Feathertop. "Plus, who has time to take care of chickens?"
Despite the opposition, Vega is determined to push the proposal through. "We need to take a crack at this egg crisis, and owning chickens is the perfect solution," she said. "If it means a few more roosters crowing in the morning, I think we can all agree that it's a small price to pay for affordable breakfast."
As of press time, Vega's proposal had yet to be voted on by the county board, but we'll be keeping a close eye on this egg-citing development.