You can now raise six chicken hens in your Bristol backyard for fresh eggs.
The Town Council approved an amendment to the existing ordinance on the raising of chickens at its meeting Wednesday night, Oct. 9.
The original ordinance only allowed the raising of three chickens.
“You still have to go through the Zoning Board,” said Town Solicitor Mike Ursillo. “Either way, if you have chickens already, or if you want to raise hens."
The amendment came out of a request from a resident up to six months ago who said that raising three hens was not sufficient, Ursillo said.
“I don’t know where the six came from,” he said. “Why not five or seven?”
But that’s the number settled on by the Town Council over the past few months. The amendment, he said, went through several iterations and the public hearing process.