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Can I Have Chickens Where I Live? And How to Find Out

Updated: Jun 25


Chickens in the Backyard

 

Keeping chickens as backyard pets and for egg production has become very popular among homeowners! I feel like since covid hit, backyard chickens and gardening blew up because people were home and had time to care for their flocks and gardens. Since then, thanks to Pinterest and responsible chicken keepers, the industry continues to grow!


However, before diving into the world of backyard chickens, it's important to determine if you can legally have chickens in your residential area. Obviously, if you live on an acreage that you own like we do, you can have as many chickens as you want! If you rent on an acreage, I would ask the owners how they feel about you having a flock.


If you live in a residential area or have a Homeowners Association (HOA), you should do due diligence to research before you purchase your coop, chickens and all the supplies. I have heard horror stories of people trying to hide their chickens in their garage or worse yet, going ahead and purchasing their entire flock only to find out their zoning laws didn’t allow for chickens!

 

Can I Have Chickens Where I Live?

 Here are some things to consider before you start raising backyard chickens!


1. Local Zoning Laws: The first step is to check your local zoning laws and regulations. Some areas have specific ordinances regarding the keeping of chickens, including restrictions on the number of chickens allowed, coop specifications and setbacks from property lines. You'll need to fill out an application and obtain a permit in many cases for your chickens and your coop.

 

2. HOA Rules: If you live in a neighborhood governed by a homeowners association, there may be additional rules and regulations regarding the keeping of livestock, including chickens. Be sure to review your HOA's guidelines before bringing home a flock of feathered friends.

 

3. Noise and Odor Concerns: Chickens are not noisy animals, but roosters crow all day long, which may disturb neighbors. Additionally, chicken coops can produce gnarly odors, especially if not properly maintained. Consider how your neighbors might react to having chickens nearby. Of course, this is where Coop Recuperate comes in! Coop Recuperate lengthens the life of your bedding while keeping it dry and fresh.

 

4. Space Requirements: Chickens need adequate space to roam and forage. Ensure that your property has enough room for a coop and outdoor enclosure that meets the size requirements for the number of chickens you plan to keep. A good rule of thumb is 4 square feet per bird inside the coop and 10 square feet per bird in the run. Some cities will allow you to have so many chickens per square feet of your property.

 

5. Health and Safety: Chickens can attract predators, such as foxes and raccoons. It's essential to have proper security measures in place to protect your flock from harm.

 

6. Community Support: Before bringing chickens into your neighborhood, consider discussing your plans with your neighbors. Address any concerns they may have and seek their support for your poultry adventure. Maybe offer them some farm fresh eggs!

 

It's vital to do your research, obtain any necessary zoning permits and ensure that you can provide a safe environment for your feathered friends. Remember, if you're unsure about the rules and regulations regarding chicken keeping in your area, it's always best to consult local authorities or seek guidance from poultry enthusiasts in your community.


There are also many local poultry clubs in various areas that would be a great resource for you. By being informed and considerate, you can determine whether having chickens in your residential area is something you’re able and willing to do!

 

Until next time,

 

–The Wing Lady



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