May 5th 2015: After an 8 year struggle, chickens are now legal in Athens! Flagpole has even published a “how-to” guide for backyard chickens.

But what are the exact requirements of the new ordinance?

-6 hens are the limit, roosters are still illegal.Pro Chicken
-Backyards only, no side-yards.
-Coops must be at least 20 feet from your neighbors house. -Coops must be at least 10–50 feet away from property lines, or in the center of your backyard.
-Feed must be kept in rodent-proof containers.
-Hens are not allowed to roam freely; they must be confined to your backyard.

Thank you to Mary and Michael Songster for their persistence over the years which has finally paid off.

Enjoy those eggs everyone!