And the message is clear - support chickens...
"My children have absolutely loved it," exclaims chicken owner Maggie Newman. "We've raised these guys since they were one-day old."
After careful research and a desire for nicer yard, the Newmans added six-chickens to their human flock in June.
Explains Newman, "It all looked like that - we had leaves and mud, and now we have grass and that's 100% because of the chickens."
Jennifer Deegan also owns chickens, "They've turned into pets. We love them!"
Since 2004 - Deegan and her family also count chickens as part of their brood.
She worries a change in the code will unfairly affect law abiding citizens.
"I think we need to look at property owners' rights and government infringement upon property owner's rights," explains Deegan.
But, city spokesperson Mike Stevens says as it stand now, the city code and the zoning aren't in step- and something must be done..
"The city code is very, very explicit and very detailed with what you need to do to keep chickens in the city of salem," explains Stevens. "The zoning code says you can only keep them in an area zoned agricultural."
The city says it will now take up the issue as part of the comprehensive plan. Salem residents can voice their concerns in upcoming meetings.
In the meantime, chicken owners are hoping they'll be able to keep their pets.
"I figure if New York can do it, Salem can do it," says Newman.
The citizen meetings will be on March 3rd & 8th at the community room of the Salem Civic Center from 5 until 7o'clock.
If you can make the meetings you can leave a message on the Salem website.