Alamogordo Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Alamogordo?Yes
How many chickens can you have?4 total to 25 per acre (depending on lot size)
Can you have roosters in Alamogordo?No
Chicken coop placement rules:At least 10 feet from any other structure and 5 feet from any lot line.
Application process:Permit may be required
More information:Alamogordo City Code

If you are interested in raising chickens in Alamogordo, it’s important to educate yourself about the rules and regulations governing this activity.

  • The city of Alamogordo, New Mexico, allows residents to keep backyard chickens. 
  • No more than four (4) female chickens may be kept on any lot.
  • On lots between one-half (½) acre and less than one (1) acre, ten (10) female chickens may be kept.
  • On lots of one (1) acre or larger, twenty-five (25) female chickens may be kept per acre.
  • The coop must be secure and provide adequate protection from predators.
  • The coop must allow for species-specific behaviors, such as roosting, scratching, dusting, and nesting.
  • The coop must provide at least two (2) square feet of roosting area per bird. It must also provide adequate shade.
  • The coop must be located at least ten (10) feet from any other structure and at least five (5) feet from any lot line.
  • The chickens must be provided with constant access to potable water in sufficient amounts to maintain good health.
  • Keeping poultry in numbers that constitute an animal nuisance is not permitted.

Backyard chicken rules in cities may change over time, so it’s important to contact officials in Alamogordo to stay updated.

See other New Mexico chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 09/25/2023