Things are looking up for Buffalo chickens



Buttercup (now in hiding) may be able to come home soon.

Buffalo, unlike Albany, still has a functioning legislative body, and it looks like that body will be looking into legalizing chickens very soon. Over two dozen rules and regulations are attached to the pending legislation, and maybe not all are necessary—here are some: 

No roosters, only up to 5 hens, the coop must be at least 20 feet away from any window or door and it can’t be more than 32 square feet in size, eggs can’t be sold, and—hmmm—property owners within 50 feet must be notified. There would also be inspections. 

Nonetheless, it is likely to be passed, and it’s a start. Of course it was news to most of the male council members that hens don’t need roosters to produce eggs.
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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at


  1. Brooklyn is full of unauthorized roosters, not to mention fighting cocks. Mot many hens, however- they aren’t useful in Santeria. How come we get away with it and Buffalo doesn’t?

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