What’s the Deal with Backyard Chickens?

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Large Growth in Nashville Urban Chicken Coops


Nashville backyard chickensWhen a new bill passed last January allowing Nashville residents to keep chickens in backyards, few people had any idea how quickly this fad would catch on. After all, why would anyone want to keep chickens while living in the city? The birds are kept by some as pets, with others maintain chicken coops as a part urban farming. Coupled with small vegetable gardens, these backyard chickens can provide plenty of food for a small family.


Provisions of the Bill


Backyard chickens are really not a new concept, but the laws governing their presence are. When the new bill passed last year, several were opposed to chickens in their neighborhoods. Coops kept in bad repair can be magnets for bugs and rodents.  The new laws require the houses to be well maintained so as to avoid these problems. 


Families can keep up to six chickens in their backyards, but only hens. Roosters are forbidden for obvious reasons. A few districts have maintained the ban on urban chicken coops because the birds get neighborhood dogs too excited, which then creates more noise than even a rooster would.


Can I Buy Chickens for My Backyard?


Some of the city’s oldest districts managed to opt out of the backyard chicken bill, which means not all neighborhoods allow them. When you’re planning to move to a new community, be sure you check with your Nashville real estate agent to make sure your hens will be welcome. These districts that don’t allow chickens are 12, 20, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, and 33. 


If you would prefer to live in districts that don’t allow chickens, be sure to let your Realtor know that, too. If you choose a home in one of the districts where they’re allowed, you could end up with some unusual neighbors.


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