To Mayor Tommy Battle and City Council Members: Re: Ordinance No. 95-693, Chapter 5, Article IV. Sec. 5-48

The City of Huntsville promotes itself as a smart, green city; however, it is currently illegal to keep chickens within 150 ft of any adjacent residence. This effectively outlaws chickens within the city limits. The current ordinance needs to be updated, so that sustainability-minded citizens can safely, and legally, own chickens. A small number of well-kept hens are quiet and pose no public health concerns. These "productive pets" can also provide healthy, organic eggs and fertilizer for home gardens.

We, the undersigned, ask the Mayor and City Council to please relax the ordinance's distance requirement, and to establish a new set of standards by which chickens can be kept within the city.


The Huntsville Hen Alliance While we appreciate everyone's support, only residents of Huntsville should sign the petition. If you sign anonymously, your full name will only be visible to our admin, and will be presented to the city in print form. *YOUR NAME WILL NEVER BE VISIBLE ONLINE* Only signatures with a first and last name are valid. Signatures that lack either will be removed. Duplicate signatures will be removed. Thank you for your support!


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  • Joseph Buscemi Good Luck and I am completely in agreement that having a few hens as pets are more of a benefit to our freedom of choice and ownership of our lives.

  • Jesse Merry Two hens should not be a problem. I would love to be able to be a little more self-sufficient by having a couple hens.

  • Jean Godwin In 2 weeks I will be occupying the house next to my son's on Montdale Rd. Even if we put hens on our mutual property line we do not reach the footage the council is demanding. The hens eat bugs, help propagate fresh garden vegetables, and fertilize the soil. The pet hens can wander in the garden adding to the view and helping to make time pass by eating insects and vermin. I am a senion citizen, and have retired on social security and veteran's dependents benefits. Both checks are very small and would benefit from increased incomee. Thank you for considering our petition,.

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