CHAPEL HILL, N.C. The town that's home to the University of North Carolina's flagship campus says its OK for homeowners to operate small chicken farms.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Chapel Hill Town Council voted Monday night to allow small-scale chicken farming in the town limits.
The vote will allow people to keep hens in any of the town's residential districts, affecting about 7,700 households. But no roosters will be allowed.
Until now, up to 20 chickens were permitted in low-density zoning districts that covered only about 140 households. Town planner Rae Buckley estimated that 10 to 20 households in Chapel Hill had been raising chickens.