The Borough Council narrowly approved ordinances last week to allow single-family homes to keep up to four hens. The chicken coops must be at least 30 feet from surrounding homes and the birds' outdoor runs must be fully enclosed.
Though he doesn't plan a veto, Welch says he also won't sign the ordinances, allowing them to become law without his signature in two weeks. The mayor says the council can repeal the ordinances if chicken-keeping proves "an intolerable nuisance."
Information from: The Daily Collegian, http://www.collegian.psu.edu