VILLAGERS in a Sarthe commune are to be given a pair of chickens to peck away at their rubbish bills.
Councillors in PincÃ©, Pays-de-la-Loire, were discussing the budget for rubbish collection when they spotted an article saying chickens could eat between 150 and 250kg each a year.
Then they hatched a plan to use chickens to reduce the amount of organic waste – bread, cheese rinds, vegetable peelings etc – and, perhaps, cut the rubbish bill.
Now each villager is being offered two laying hens and deputy mayor Nicole Foucault told Ouest France hens could lay between 250 and 300 eggs a year, so it meant residents could “cut their rubbish and have fresh eggs nearly every day”.
Mayor Lydie Pasteau said it would also help bring the community together: “In the village we find ways to look after each other’s houses during the holidays, now we will just have to include feeding the neighbour’s chickens as well!”
‘Free hens’ bid to cut rubbish bill