Hens for Houston moves ordinance forward

Sep. 3, 2013The Leader News

Hens for Houston, a non-profit organizing advocating for city residents to own pet chickens, is waiting for Mayor Annise Parker’s office to review plans to change an ordinance regarding hens in Houston, a spokeswoman told The Leader Monday.

Once the mayor, who has previously voiced support for the ordinance, passes it along to the council members, it will go to subcommittee, she said.

Claire Krebs, founder of Hens for Houston, said the non-profit organization has met with the offices of 12 of the 16 city council members to inform them of the organization’s goals.

According to Hens for Houston, it and Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC) agreed on a proposed draft with no distance setback for up to eight hens, but a large enough coop would need a building code permit as any other building would. The BARC proposal would allow a permit to have eight hens on the property at one time.

“The next step is to request that transfer to the council and move things into Quality of Life subcommittee,” Krebs said. “So we are asking our members to e-mail and call their representatives and the city to make that next step happen.”