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For the majority of Pueblo West Metro District residents, the answer is actually "yes." Residents living in an "agricultural zone" may keep up to 12 chickens, provided you follow several guidelines.
On Jan. 1, 2023, a new Colorado law regarding the treatment of egg-laying hens went into effect, requiring that Colorado egg producers provide at least one square foot of space to all egg-laying hens. By 2025, all egg-laying hens in Colorado must be a cage-free environment.
In January, KUSA-TV reported that Bill Scebbi, executive director of Colorado Egg Producers, said, "raising hens in these other facilities, these other environments, it’s more costly to raise the hens and produce the eggs. So that will equate to an increase in price. What that’s going to be, we can’t say.”
(Note: The Pueblo West Metro District neither endorses nor discourages residents from raising their own chickens. This information is provided to inform residents about Metro District policies).
Guidelines to raise your own chickens are addressed the Pueblo West Declaration of Reservations, a document created at Pueblo West's founding that governs covenant enforcement in the Metro District.
Again, it's advised you contact the Pueblo West Community Development office at (719) 547-2000 or visit the Community Development Office at 356 S. McCulloch Blvd. to answer any questions regarding animals on your property.