Apparently our city has a fair number of calls asking about having backyard chickens. I had wanted to have them, but found out fairly quickly unless you have a very square lot and possibly at least 5 acres you might as well kiss your dreams of backyard chickens goodbye. This week in our water bill, for everyone's knowledge, they informed the community that if you want backyard chickens you can have them, but....and it is a really big but....Your coop must be 200 feet away from each property line, and 50 feet from each dwelling that would be slept in. They went on to say that most lots in the city would not be able to meet these requirements. No kidding. Talk about being written to keep this out of our city. Now on the other hand, Austin and Corpus Christi and San Antonio have requirements that are very reasonable. We are now looking for a "Country" house to buy so that we can have chickens and a garden. Our city is also asking people in our community to report each other if your neighbor's grass gets to high. I hope we find a little Country home soon.