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Outlaw chickens pay college tuition

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 27th, 2014


Biology major Louie Roe built a college nest egg from the profits of hens such as Pai Mei, one of the Black Star chickens in her clandestine egg operation. Cities such as Depoe Bay ban barnyard animals, though a few, including Lincoln City, have embraced some livestock. (Photo by Rick Beasley)


DEPOE BAY The contented hens that cluck and coo in the backyard pen of Louie Roe have laid a debt-free future for the 20-year-old university student.

But under the municipal codes in Depoe Bay and in many other Oregon cities, the Bard Rocks and Black Stars that hatched Roes college nest fund are prohibited, and their bootleg eggs are illegal as Prohibition liquor.

I had to be really quiet about it, said Roe, whose clandestine egg operation will close next week when she heads to Oregon State University to begin her junior year. I was told by a councilman that I could be fined thousands of dollars without the right permits and licenses. Im working up the courage to give him a dozen eggs before I leave.

With hard-earned scholarships and a handsome nest egg from 15 pampered chickens, Roe said the hens were an important part of her strategy to pay for college. According to The Project on Student Debt, an organization that tracks rising student debt across the nation, 60 percent of students who graduated last year in Oregon owed an average of $26,639 in college loans.

For the complete article see the 08-27-2014 issue.

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