Flower Mound Pecking at Backyard Chicken Rules

Town Council may consider changes to backyard chicken rules

By Sara Story
|  Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011  |  Updated 5:47 PM CDT
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The Flower Mound Town Council is set to review a policy that bans chickens in small yards.

Sara Story , Denton Journalist

The Flower Mound Town Council is set to review a policy that bans chickens in small yards.

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Chickens may soon be roosting in more backyards in Flower Mound.

Flower Mound currently bans chickens in small yards, but the Town Council is expected to review the policy after the first of the year.

Chicken owner Regina Fierke is attempting to change the town's ordinance. Flower Mound does not embrace her backyard chickens because her yard is smaller than an acre.

"They came to the door and said, 'We heard you have chickens. You have two weeks to get rid of them,'" Fierke said.

Mark Glover, who lives just a few miles away and has a larger backyard, is chicken-sitting for Fierke.

"I think they will make a change," he said. "It only makes sense. It's time for an update."

Glover acknowledges chicken-coop fears but said his backyard guests offer many benefits. And cities across the state are revising their chicken laws.

"Austin, San Antonio, Corpus Christi just wrote an ordinance allowing backyard chickens," he said. "People are trying to get back to natural, more sustainable lifestyles."

"My husband thought it was little crazy, but after a while, he warmed up to it," Fierke said.

There's no pecking order when it comes to her pets.

"I have to say they rank right up there with our dogs," she said. "We do have dogs and cats also, but they are right up there at the top."

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