Hens for Houston

A movement to keep Houston current by allowing the raising of chicken hens on city lots

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Here is a summary of the current Houston ordinance, and the proposed new ordinance. More details are found on Current Ordinance, Proposed Ordinance, and Other Cities’ Ordinances.

A summary of the current Houston ordinance:

The Houston city code functionally prohibits chickens on most city lots. Up to 30 (roosters or hens) can be kept on 65×125 ft2 , as long as the coop is 100 ft from any building, school, residence not owned by the chicken keeper. It is also prohibited to compost the manure. The only exception is for a medical condition requiring unfertilized eggs, and then up to 7 hens can be kept.

Code of Ordinances, Chapter 6, Sections 31-38

Go to CURRENT PAGE for more details.

Our proposal:

1) Eliminate the distance constraint which requires coops and chickens to observe an arbitrary setback from neighboring residences.

2) Protect the rights of neighbors by punishing violations of the chicken ordinance to the same degree as violations by other pets.

3) Recognize chicken waste as a valuable fertilizer.

Go to PROPOSED PAGE for more details.


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