Tyler City Council eases restrictions for keeping chickens in city

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TYLER, Texas (KETK) — The city of Tyler has eased a requirement for being able to keep chickens and other fowl in the backyard of a house.

Previously, the pen or coop had to be at least 50 feet away from the side and back of the property lines. The council voted Wednesday to reduce the length to 15 feet.

Nikki Aubochon has a few chickens in pen in her backyard. She likes that the chickens produce fresh eggs. She did not like learning that her yard, although large, was not large enough based on a city ordinance for her to keep chickens.

“There are other people in town with much smaller yards who I know would want to have chickens and can’t, she told KETK News.

Aubochon went before the council to ask for the change.

“The 50 feet of setback is very restrictive,” Police Chief Jimmy Toler said in a statement released by the city. ”We took the opportunity to look at this and establish some new requirements and make it more accessible to a lot more people who want to have access to farm fresh eggs.”

Residents can have up to six fowl in a pen as long it is not too close to the property lines and is behind the front yard setback of the property.

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