Houston TX chicken ordinance

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by Steph4chickens, Oct 26, 2017.

  1. Steph4chickens

    Steph4chickens In the Brooder

    Oct 25, 2017
    Hi, I am new to this discussion page and am very excited to get started on raising backyard chickens. I am having some problems trying to find the correct ordinance's on where Houston stands. I have read that they have to be kept 100 yards from any residence, and then I have read that they don't. The latest that I have been able to find is from 2013, and yet I found a post on here from April this year that said something else, but am having trouble finding it again.
    If there is anyone on here that can help me figure this out, or point me in the right direction I would really appreciate it.
    I will be moving to the 77091 zip code, and will be in a regular neighborhood. I do have a large enough back yard and there isn't a HOA that I need to worry about.
    Thank you in advance for any help and advice!:fl:fl
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  2. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
    Call at the City Health Dept or Dept of Ag, they should know....When you talk to anyone, PLEASE notate their name (first & last), title & phone number/office you called. Nothing more frustrating then when one says one thing & the other says something else. This way you have "name, rank & serial number". Good luck
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  3. joconor

    joconor In the Brooder

    Mar 29, 2018
    A summary of the current Houston ordinance:[​IMG]
    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.

    It's not 100 yards, it's 100 feet. The coop has to be 100 feet from any building. Most backyards in Houston are bigger than this.
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