Roswell reconsiders allowing residents to keep chickens, ducks

New Mexico

Roswell City Councilors will reconsider a poultry ordinance. 

The bill would let residents keep up to four female chickens, ducks, turkeys and up to 10 pigeons within city limits. 

They would be required to stay in their pens, 10 feet away from a fence. 

This is the second time this has been brought to council. Last year, it failed on a vote of 4-4, with people citing health concerns. 

Councilor Barry Foster is for it, saying this is something several of his constituents have come to him about. 

“There’s a new movement, people are tired of GMO foods, they want to know where their food comes from, and also we have parents that have kids that raise poultry for FAA or for 4-H,” Foster said. 

In Albuquerque, residents are allowed to have up to 13 chickens. 

The Roswell City Council Meeting is Thursday night at 6 p.m. 

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