Texas Chicken Laws

Here’s a summary of the laws and regulations related to keeping backyard chickens in Texas:

  • Cities and counties may have their own ordinances, regulations, and zoning laws regarding backyard chickens, so it’s important to check with local authorities before keeping chickens.
  • In unincorporated areas of Texas, there are no state laws that prohibit backyard chickens, but there may be zoning restrictions, such as minimum lot size, and restrictions on the number of chickens allowed.
  • Chickens must be kept in a secure, enclosed area that provides adequate space for exercise, protection from predators, and access to food and water.
  • The enclosure or coop must be kept clean to prevent the buildup of waste and odors that could be a nuisance to neighbors.
  • Chickens must be kept at least 100 feet away from neighboring residences, schools, and churches.
  • Roosters are typically not allowed in residential areas due to their noise level.
  • Chickens must be kept in a way that does not create a public nuisance, such as excessive noise, odors, or flies.
  • Any violations of local ordinances or regulations regarding backyard chickens may result in fines or other penalties.

It’s important to note that these laws and regulations may vary depending on the specific city or county in Texas, so it’s always best to check with local authorities before keeping backyard chickens.

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(Ready to get started? Check out our guide to raising chickens in Texas.)