It’s official – the chickens are legal!
I received our chicken permit today – it feels good to have everything aboveboard. In San Antonio, you are allowed 3 hens without a permit, and if you want more you need to apply for an excess animal permit. Print the form, send it in with your $25 check for the inspection fee, and wait…patiently. They are super busy, I mean…they are animal control for the entire city and they have a lot more pressing things to do I am sure. Eventually a nice animal control officer will make an appointment to come over for your inspection. I have 5 chickens, just 2 over the limit, so it was not such a big deal. BUT….DO make sure your coop is 50 ft from your neighbours house, and DO make certain your coop is big enough as the officer makes it clear to you that the chickens need to be enclosed in the coop AT ALL TIMES. If you have a glorified dog house as a chicken coop, I have my doubts if you would pass inspection. There would be not much light…not much ventilation…and again, they make sure to tell you the chickens need to be enclosed at all times. Of course my chickens just go into the chicken yard if I am cleaning or working on the coop. ;) Right? Right! If you pass you get your temporary permit on the spot. You receive 2 copies and you send in one of the copies with another $25 check for the permit fee. So the permit process is $50 total. My neighbours are all great and love the chickens, but I just don’t like leaving myself open.Congratulations ladies, you just became a lot more valuable. Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!