Posted on January 14, 2013 at 8:24 PM
NEW BRAUNFELS -- There is a green movement for brown eggs in New Braunfels. The city council will soon be deciding whether to allow residents to raise chickens in their backyards.
The city council will hear from the public Monday on raising chickens in their backyards.
Residents are pushing for a fresher, less hormone-grown chicken egg.
“Everybody likes the fresh taste of a yard egg. It’s unbelievably different,” said Jim Koenig of Mcqueeney Mill feed store. “These birds nowadays they’re like pets, and they produce. They will lay an egg every 28 hours.”
Residents would be allowed to raise four chickens in a backyard enclosed pen. And the hens must be kept at least 30 feet from any house.
Residents would also have to register with the City of New Braunfels. The chickens can’t be in front yards, and roosters are not allowed.
“No roosters are allowed for obvious reasons," said New Braunfels Mayor Gale Pospisil. " I think they tend to like to cock-a-doodle-do early in the morning.”
Pospisil said hens make no more noise than a dog, and without roosters, you won’t have any slaughtering going on.
“The ordinance specifically says that you can’t slaughter chickens in your backyard," Pospisil explained. "So they’re just strictly for egg production, and you don’t need any roosters for that.”