Thanks to the Seattle City Council, it’s now legal to have up to eight chickens in Seattle! No roosters, which is probably a good compromise, considering their tendency to be rather vocal.
The new bill, described here, also expands urban farming to be allowed in all zones, with some limits in industrial areas, and makes more room for farmers’ markets, rooftop gardening, and selling home-grown food.
In a lot of ways, the bill is catching up to what residents are already doing. At last month’s backyard chicken coop/goat pen tour, I spoke with a number of residents who weren’t sure anymore what the legal limit of chickens on a property was, but thought they’d heard it had gone up. I’ve seen many houses with more than three chickens (the previous limit).
Still, score another point for backyard farmers and gardeners. And go count your chickens, hatched or otherwise. My housemates/community and I plan to celebrate by building a coop.
Photo of chickens via Creative Commons.