Cary moves forward with proposal to allow backyard hens
Posted February 9, 2012
Updated February 11, 2012
Cary, N.C. — The Cary Town Council voted 5-2 Thursday evening to move forward with a proposal that would allow residents to keep up to eight hens in their backyards.
Town staff will now take 60 days to research the issue and prepare a recommendation for a new ordinance. That proposed ordinance will go to a public hearing before the council votes on it.
Thursday marked the third time in four years that the council considered motions that would lift a longtime ban on backyard chickens.
Councilman Don Frantz, who was outspoken about his opposition to backyard hens in 2008, requested that the town revise its town code to allow backyard hens, as long as certain guidelines are followed:
- Single-family homes only;
- no roosters;
- no backyard slaughter;
- a maximum of eight chickens per property;
- an annual license fee of $10;
- and no free-range hens.