7th-Grader Isabella Acuna Fights Houston Hen Ordinance

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Homeless hens and chickens!!
Ever since the city cited her family for having chickens in their backyard, 7th-grader Isabella Acuña has been speaking to city council members, gathering signatures for a petition and spreading the word on local news segments in an effort to change Houston's hen ordinance.

Isabella's family originally got cited after a neighbor saw an escaped chicken running down the road and called in a complaint. According to city law, you need at least 100 feet of buffer space between a chicken coop and your neighbors, making it pretty much impossible to raise chickens in the suburbs.

But Isabella, who loves chickens "as friends, not food," is campaigning to bring that distance down to 20 feet, on par with the requirement in cities like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. She says hens make good pets because they eat insects, produce eggs and manure, and have "big personalities."

So far her petition has 663 signatures, and city council members have been "encouraging to varying degrees." Until the situation gets resolved, the chickens are residing at her grandma's house.

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13 comments
Blake Whitaker
Blake Whitaker

"it's none of my business what anyone keeps in their backyards." SLAVES

Beau-Simon Spook
Beau-Simon Spook

it's none of my business what anyone keeps in their backyards.

Melissa Holt Moore
Melissa Holt Moore

Great pets and a lot more useful than most of the neighborhood dogs!

evan.mintz
evan.mintz

Is this the same as Hens4Houston? I think it is different. And the specific language of 20 feet may not be optimal. Wouldn't it be smart to have a more broadly worded petition?

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Yes, of course. Chickens in the city is a God-given right. Now roosters can be annoying in a city environment, with their morning crowing for hours and hours. But hens? Leave 'em be.

Justin Neel
Justin Neel

Chic-fila, KFC, and Popeyes are allowed but not real live chickens? Hmm.....

Jeremy Choate
Jeremy Choate

It's a question of cleanliness and sanitation. One or two chickens for eggs can be acceptable if proper measure are taken to keep the odor from bothering neighbors.

John Chance McKay
John Chance McKay

Depends on how close they are to my Kitchen window, and if they have load ass roosters.

Krystle Jones
Krystle Jones

YES! Chickens are very quiet, and as long as their wings are clipped you'll not have to worry about them getting in neighbors yards. Coops can be built with recycled materials, or very inexpensive supplies from the hardware store! There is nothing like fresh eggs from hens you've raised, roosters on the other hand.....they can be noisy, but mine can't even crow right. He cuckoos!

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