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November 14, 2012

Chickens allowed in city

Norman approves backyard coops

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NORMAN —

The driving forces of the urban chicken movement include the move toward local food sources, poultry recalls and environmental sustainability.

The chickens must be kept within a designated chicken coop and chicken run, and the coop cannot be in the front yard or side yards. The coop and run can be no closer than five feet from property lines and no closer than 25 feet from the neighbor’s house. Movable chicken enclosures are permitted within those distance guidelines.

The minimum size for a chicken coop is four-square-feet per animal, and the chicken run must be eight-square-feet per animal. During daylight hours, chickens must have access to a chicken run and a chicken coop but may be kept within the coop from dusk until dawn as protection against predators. Coops must be predator resistant, and enclosures must be screened to keep flies and vermin out.

“Water shall be provided on site and accessible to chickens at all times,” according to the ordinance. “All chicken enclosures shall be cleaned regularly to prevent an accumulation of food, fecal matter or nesting material from creating a nuisance or unsanitary condition due to odor, vermin, debris or decay.

“Outdoor slaughter of chickens is prohibited,” according to the ordinance.

 

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