The Oklahoma City Council is on track to restore a ban on back-yard chickens, after nobody showed up to speak on the issue at a public hearing Tuesday.
The action would roll back the clock to last year, before the council began debating changes intended to enhance a wide range of urban agricultural practices, from gardening and composting to keeping hens for fresh eggs.
In updating ordinances to promote urban farming, rainwater conservation and the like, the council inadvertently dropped a requirement that anyone who keeps chickens live on at least an acre of land.
A separate measure specifically to allow back-yard chickens was defeated.
The intended outcome meant keeping chickens would remain off-limits to anybody living in a typical house in a city neighborhood. But because of the oversight, city chicken farmers had a brief window of opportunity.
Advocates say chickens already are common in some city neighborhoods.
The new rules require anyone who has acquired back-yard chickens in the six months they’ve been legal to get rid of them within three months.