Around the first of the year I received a call from a lady named Amber who invited me to a meeting with representatives from the City of Allen. The topic of conversation was about backyard chickens. I called our local Purina representative Bob and invited him. It was a good meeting with a lot of questions asked and answered from both sides of the table.
On July 27th Amber sent me this email:
I wanted to follow up and let you know that the new pro-chicken ordinance was approved and passed by the City Council tonight!
It was a good 30 minutes of rigorous debate and a few concessions were made in order to get it approved.
They did decrease the # of chickens allowed to 4 female hens. No roosters of course. The chicken coop enclosure must be 20′ from a neighbor’s property line.
Allen citizens must apply for a one-time permit. The permit will not be granted if the home resides in an HOA that restricts the home from keeping chickens or if there are any deed restrictions against chickens.
Kudos to Amber for having a vision and following it through. This is also a very big step for the City of Allen. I find it refreshing to see the system work.
And by the way, Wells Brothers has another chicken sale tentatively scheduled for the first part of October. Details to come.
For all of you Allen folks that are new to raising chickens, stop by Wells Brothers and let our experts help you get started. We’ve got everything you need to raise a backyard flock including coops, shavings, feed, waterers and more! We look forward to helping you get started raising your flock.