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Don’t Fowl Out: The Problematic Trend of Katy Tenants Keeping Chickens

Happy Family Playing with a Chicken in the Yard of their Katy Rental HomeAccording to the US Department of Agriculture, nearly 13 million Americans own or plan to own chickens in the next 5 years. While those with greater acreage of land are more expected to own chickens than those inhabiting urban or suburban surroundings, the fad of city occupants breeding chickens has become more widespread. As a result, Katy rental homeowners may experience an increase in the number of requests from residents wanting to keep chickens on their properties. But before giving them a reply, it’s paramount to consider why chickens are so beloved nowadays and the probable downsides that nurturing poultry in a residential area may have.

As rural homeowners know, there are legitimate privileges to raising chickens on a property. Chickens eat bugs, which greatly minimizes the number of insects all over the place. They also provide fresh eggs and will abundantly fertilize lawns and other green spaces.

Instead, chickens are infamous for making surroundings untidy, leaving their droppings all over the place. They usually roost on outdoor fixtures, leaving behind hard-to-remove droppings. Chickens can also smell badly, creating distressing scents that neighbors may dislike. Those fresh eggs they lay are not only appealing to people, but to snakes, skunks, raccoons, and other pesky critters.

A few other drawbacks to keeping chickens include noise concerns and potential damage to exterior features made of wood. Chickens can be utterly noisy, and not just the roosters. Hens make a wide variety of noises 24/7, which neighbors will find irksome. Chickens also have a leaning to peck at wood, which can create notable damage in the future.

Given the setbacks that come with having chickens, the handicaps evidently supersede any likely advantages. For Katy property holders, this means that the choice to ban chickens may be an effortless decision. A bigger challenge, however, is making sure that residents do not bring unauthorized animals onto the property and local statutes that may prohibit keeping “farm animals” within city limits.

Real Property Management Preferred oversees systematic property evaluations, observing for resident obedience with animal rules as well as the property’s situation. We make it our aim to preserve the value and standing of your rental homes and conduct resident communications on your behalf. To learn more about what we have to offer, please contact us online or by phone at 281-894-9111 today!

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