Backyard Chickens & Rooster Limitations are?

Backyard chickens & roosters keeping has increased in popularity and while as a Right-to-Farm town we encourage that, it has given rise to some conflict especially in densely developed neighborhoods.

 However it can be done successfully if some simple guidelines are followed: 

  1. Talk to your neighbors. Unexpected changes are generally not welcomed, so stop by your neighbors and explain what you plan to do. The promise of the occasional fresh-laid egg always helps.
  2. No more than one chicken per 4,000sq.ft. of area in which they are kept. (Zoning By-law 2.11.50) 
  3. ROOSTERS. This is by far the main source of complaints. When chicks come from the supplier they are generally not sexed, so you can and likely will end up with one or more roosters. Often people are unsure as to what to do with them, but in the meantime they will awaken the entire neighborhood at the crack of dawn. You, the owner, may not object to this but your neighbors likely have different schedules, work 2nd shift, etc. The hens are also much happier without the presence of a testosterone fueled rooster. It is strongly recommended that roosters not be kept.
  4. Their coop is considered to be a shed, and should meet the shed rules (max of 120sq.ft, at least 10’ away from all lot lines, permit required.) 
  5. Keep food in sealed containers. Rats are often unwelcome visitors to chicken coops but good hygiene can keep this to a minimum.
  6. Have a plan for the waste and old bedding. Well-tended compost heaps can help solve this and be a boon to the garden.
  7. Have a plan for the winter. Chickens don’t like cold and wet weather any more than we do, so make sure they have somewhere warm and safe.
  8. “Good fences make good neighbors.” Make sure they don’t stray beyond your own property.

Good luck with your Backyard Chickens!

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1. How do I find out if my property is in a Flood Plain?
2. My neighbor has a rooster which wakes me up at 5am. Is this allowed, and if not, who do I complain to?
3. Backyard Chickens & Rooster Limitations are?
4. Where can I find a plot plan of my property?
5. Do I need a Building Permit to put up a fence?
6. Do I need a permit to enlarge or re-pave my driveway?
7. How do I file a complaint with the Building Department? 
8. What type of work requires a Building Permit? 
9. What type of work does not require a building permit?