Plano residents are aflutter with excitement following Texas Senator, Van Taylor's, progress toward barring cities from imposing bans on backyard chickens in suburban communities. Senate Bill 1620 has passed with flying colors, and -- no joke -- looks to be carried forward into the House by none other than Representative Linda Koop.
The growing trend for small-scale urban self-sustainability is making an impact in local neighborhoods across Collin County, TX and the Dallas / Forth Worth Metroplex. From conservation and upcycling interests, to community gardens and the adoption of homesteading techniques (e.g., rain barrels, compost bins, worm farms, home gardening and raising backyard fowl), citizens are learning more ways to become involved with where and how their food is cultivated and sourced, and employing eco-friendly methods of reducing their carbon footprint.
Yard Fowl Gain Popularity as Pets
While many cities in the DFW Metroplex already allow backyard chickens, Plano's City Ordinances currently restrict chickens from residential properties. Those who anticipate being "next" to enjoy the experience of chicken husbandry can benefit from neighboring city events like McKinney's Tour de Coop, scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 2017 between 9 am and 2 pm.
Exhibits feature local hen house and run displays to give future hobbyist or curious spectators the opportunity to get a close-up look at several interpretations of what comprises the ideal backyard coop. Assorted lectures are scheduled throughout the event to benefit attendees who want to get up to speed quickly on the care and feeding of backyard flocks.
If you or a loved one is shopping for a new home in the DFW area and need help identifying a suitable subdivision for your beloved feathered family members, give us a call at 469.645.6363. Our Providence Group Realty agents are local market experts and can help you find fowl-friendly neighborhoods, as well as connect you with area farm suppliers who can help you with your own custom coop configuration.