Are Chickens Allowed in Pittsboro NC?

chickenA surprising number of people ask us if they can have “backyard chickens” in Pittsboro.

Aside from some subdivisions which do not allow chickens, chickens are allowed. Some people even opt for a rooster. Of course, this is assuming you have your own personal flock.

Chicken registration is a thing here in North Carolina, especially if their is a bird flu going around. Bird flu can be passed along via migratory birds to completely healthy chickens.

You may wish to learn more about the communities in the area. Here I have a complete list of all neighborhoods in Pittsboro, complete with information on each one. Or, if you are looking for land, having chickens shouldn’t be a problem.

If you’re not sure how many chickens you can have, feel free to give me a call.

Chicken predators

Unfortunately, chickens are a tasty snack for many predators. A secure coop is the key to keeping those eggs coming on a regular basis. Known to eat chickens in Chatham County are:

  • Fox
  • Coyote
  • Possum
  • Raccoon
  • Black Snakes (for chicks)

Raccoon are the most likely animal to eat your chickens. And yes, possums will eat your chicken if they have an open coop and can approach them at night while they are sleeping. Locked up, raccoons are probably the only animal that will attempt to dig under your coop or climb over walls to get them. Coyotes exist but generally wish to avoid human contact. If you have a fox in your neighborhood or near your property, if the coop door is left open, they will swing by and scope the area out and snatch a chicken if they are given the opportunity. Otherwise harmless black snakes will also eat chicks.