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Another Large Chicken Farm Proposed in Wicomico Co.

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Site of new proposed chicken houses in Wicomico County. (Photo: WBOC) Site of new proposed chicken houses in Wicomico County. (Photo: WBOC)

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - The corner of Levin Dashiell and Rockawalkin Ridge roads could be the future home of a large chicken farm in Wicomico County. A New York man has proposed to build eight chicken houses on that spot.

The news of this recent proposal comes on the heels of another mega-chicken farm being proposed just a few miles away on North West Road.  John Kelley is who lives on Rockawalkin Ridge Road, already has two chicken houses on the property across the street from his house.

"Too close to home," Kelley said.  "That's what I say.  And sometimes the odor is very bad and we get a lot of odor just from these two chicken houses down here."

Kelley was not to thrilled to learn about the new proposed chicken farm just a few hundred yards away.  The new farm sits on just over 42 acres with a stormwater pond to be installed as part of the plan.  WBOC reached out to Ali Murtaza, the New York man hoping to build the chicken houses, but have yet to hear back from him.  

The area of land where the farm is proposed is very rural with only a handful of neighbors around.  But Kelley is one of those neighbors and believes the land the farm is proposed for is not the right spot to build eight chicken houses.

"Everybody around here is on wells.  And if they start putting chicken houses too close to the wells, then the water is going to get contaminated and we're going to be in bad shape," Kelley said Wednesday.

Wicomico County is hoping to clear up concerns and misconceptions about chicken houses at a public meeting this month at the Wicomico Youth & Civic Center in Salisbury.  The meeting will be attended by representatives by the Maryland departments of agriculture, environment, and health.  Those representatives will be on hand to answer questions from the public. Several members of the public who are planning to attend include members of a local group opposed to the large-scale chicken farming that has been proposed in Wicomico County.

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