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Sarah Becker
May 5, 2016

The governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, has erected a chicken coop on the Governor’s Mansion lawn.

When asked about adjusting to his new role as governor in an interview with WWL, the New Orleans CBS affiliate, Edwards said that he decided to keep chickens at the mansion as an attempt to keep himself and his family “in touch with who we are.” Edwards makes a stop by the coop to check on his chickens at the end of every day as part of his effort to stay true to his rural roots and “get back to a sense of normalcy.”

Although Edwards already owned a coop at his previous residence, he decided to commission a new one to match the prestige of the Governor’s Mansion, saying that the old coop simply wasn’t nice enough. The new coop matches the color scheme of the Mansion, and is now home to 16 hens that he hopes will provide eggs to be used in the Mansion’s kitchen—the hens haven’t yet begun laying.

The coop has caused a bit of controversy on social media, where many commenters wondered whether taxpayers’ money had been spent on it. However, Edwards has since stated that he paid for the coop and chickens with his own money.


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