Hens in Houston: Residents raise chickens in urban neighborhoods


The 2013 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has wrapped up, but we're still talking chickens. More and more Houston area families are raising them right in their own back yards, in an effort to eat locally-grown, natural foods.

It's a trend that's about to get even more popular thanks to a change in city ordinances.

Billie Stafford is not new to caring for chickens. Her mother had chickens growing up and now this Bellaire grandmother has 15 hens of her own.

"It's actually not much work. You feed them in the morning and feed them in the evening, give them fresh water and fresh feed. She gets to enjoy fresh eggs daily. So does her family, neighbors and friends."

Stafford said she gets anywhere from 8 to 15 fresh eggs every day. She has an elaborate hen house. Her neighbors don't mind, and neither do Amanda Knox's neighbors.

Although Knox's hens aren't old enough to produce eggs yet, they will any day now.

"I saw Food, Inc. and it kind of changed my life," Knox said.

Right now in the city of Houston, residents can't have hens in their yard unless they are at least 100 feet away from their neighbor. But the group Hens for Houston is working to change that.

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