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Are Chickens allowed in Fort Worth?
Yes, you are allowed to own chickens in Fort Worth, Texas, but there are specific regulations and restrictions you need to follow. The City of Fort Worth Code of Ordinances outlines the rules for keeping chickens within city limits.
Here are some key points to consider:
- The number of chickens allowed depends on the size of your property. For properties under half an acre, you can keep up to six hens. If your property is larger than half an acre but less than one acre, you can have up to 12 hens. For properties one acre or larger, you can keep up to 18 hens.
- Roosters are not allowed on properties smaller than half an acre, and there are specific rules regarding rooster ownership for larger properties.
- Chickens must be kept in a well-maintained and clean coop, which should be located at least 20 feet from any neighboring residential structure and at least 50 feet from a property line.
- Free-ranging of chickens is not allowed. They must be kept in a securely fenced area or enclosed in a coop at all times.
Russell Feed & Supply sells a variety of chicken coops that comply with the city of Fort Worth regulations. Please visit one of our stores to see our offering of chicken coops.
To verify if your neighborhood allows you to own chickens, it's essential to check your local zoning laws and neighborhood covenants or homeowners' association (HOA) rules. Zoning regulations and HOA guidelines can vary and may impose additional restrictions on owning chickens, even if the city allows it.
To confirm whether or not you can keep chickens in your neighborhood, you can:
- Contact your local zoning department or city planning office for information on your property's zoning and any related restrictions.
- Review your neighborhood's covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) or consult with your homeowners' association for specific rules and guidelines.
By ensuring compliance with both city and neighborhood regulations, you can enjoy the benefits of owning chickens while adhering to the rules set forth for the safety and well-being of the community.