Residents in all areas of Davidson County will now be able to keep small numbers of backyard chickens after the Metro Council voted Tuesday to do away with the exemptions previously held by eight council districts.
On January 21, after a 30-minute debate, the council voted 30-8 to eliminate the opt-out clause and require all 35 districts to let residents keep up to two, four or six chickens, depending on the size of their property. That freedom still won’t quite be universal, however: Homeowners association covenants that prohibit chickens will remain in effect.
Councilwoman Karen Bennett, the lead sponsor of the legislation, called it “a real big step forward for Nashville.” Councilman Anthony Davis, a co-sponsor, said the city has proved over the past two years that it “can have chickens without codes crises.”
Josie finally mustered the courage to enter the kitchen! I let her look around than shooed her back outside. Sweet little lady!