Food Network Star Hassled for Keeping ‘Rescue’ Chickens

Jul 7, 2011  •  Post A Comment

One of the stars of the Food Network is in trouble with local authorities over five rescue hens she houses in a luxury coop, reports SavannahNow.com.

Emmy winner Paula Deen, a celebrity chef whose Food Network projects have included “Paula’s Party,” “Paula’s Home Cooking” and “Paula’s Best Dishes,” received a violation notice from the county because of the chickens, the story reports.

The chickens live on her marshfront property on Wilmington Island, an affluent suburb of Savannah, Ga. "She was cited and given time to address the violation," said Gregori Anderson, director of Chatham County Building Safety and Regulatory Services.

Keeping backyard chickens is part of a national trend toward raising one’s own food, the story notes. Some local politicians are exploring the possibility of rewriting county rules that might allow some owners to keep backyard birds.

Deen doesn’t want to give up her chickens, according to her publicist Nancy Assuncao. "It would be really sad," Assuncao said. "She truly does love her birds. It is what it is and she’ll do what she needs to do."

Deen won a Daytime Emmy as outstanding lifestyle host in 2007 for “Paula’s Home Cooking.”

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