City Chickens

I live in a typcial suburb: 30-40 year old subdivision with split-entry and bungalo houses, bus routes, lots of kids… you know, just like the Rush song.

I’m thinking about getting chickens. There’s a wide utility path behind my house where power-line towers are, so I have no neighbors behind me. The chicken coup would be located near the middle-rear of the backyard, so the neighbors on the left and right shouldn’t be disturbed by them.

I have no idea how to raise chickens, but I like the idea of raising our own eggs.

I haven’t contacted the powers-that-be yet to see if there are any laws about it.

I’ll post updates.

First Phillip starts bee-keeping, and now me chickens. We should buy a farm together.

8 Replies to “City Chickens”

  1. I emailed the town:

    Are there any laws against raising laying hens (for their eggs) in town? I couldn’t find any reference to it in your by-law section on the website. I live on Warren Ave with the power-line utility road behind me – so no neighbors behind my house.

    I’ll be surprised if they even use email.

  2. In halifax last year they had some big hoopla cause someone had chickens in the city and people went fucking bonkers. I think she ended up having the chickens taken away. I think it has to do with how your house lot is zoned. I checked into having a llama farm at my house but it wasn’t zoned properly, I’d have to go even further out of town to start getting into zones that allow livestock, even though I’d want the llamas mainly as pets, selling their furs in the spring is just a perk.

    So it’s probably easy to look up, just cross-reference what’s allowed in each zone with whatever your lot is zoned for.

    I doubt you’d be allowed to, you’re in a suburb. Your dog and childrens would probably eat the chickens anyhow.

  3. $25 to have hens in St. John’s. Which surprises me. Once more than a few people get into it, though, the city will get involved and mess it up. I’ll post photos of my friends urban chickens (as they’re called) once she builds her hen house.

    My bee thing could be a bust this year. (I’ve spend $500 so far and I don’t even have the bees yet.) I’m building the hives this weekend if it doesn’t rain. But I’m not allowed to import honeybees, so I’m entirely dependent on one of the two bee keepers in Newfoundland, and the guy close to my end of the province (the east coast) already told me his bees didn’t winter well and he subsequently can’t offer me any. So I’m waiting to hear from the west coast bee keeper.

    I don’t like waiting and I hate being dependent — in this case, entirely dependent — on other people to get something I want to do done. Anywhere but Newfoundland and I’d have my bees long ago. Oh well. At least I get to live in Newfoundland!

    Hopefully I’ll know by the end May whether or not it’s going to happen this year.

  4. ohhh do I even wade in on this issue…I am chicken…

    most towns/cities will have a bylaw resticting “exotic” animals and in many your desired chicken may be considered exotic…

    however if you are like most towns there is a lack of bylaw staff and they mostly respond to complaint only issues….sooo get along with your neighbors and chickens will most likely not be an issue

    chickens in urban areas are a hot topic in the foody world and in muncipal bylaw circles at the moment… so if you have a restrictive bylaw you could become a community activist dress up in a chicken suit and cape and make deputations to your town council to amend or create a bylaw….I highly recommend the cape…

    there are number of large municipalities that allow chickens…(what is an urban chicken…I have images of meth head straggly chickens bugging me for feed on the sidewalk…)…. no need to reinvent the wheel just copy their bylaws and parameters for keeping chickens…

    you may also have to consider what to do with the birds when the laying stops I think it is around three years…into the soup pot….so not only does one get eggs but you get to be a seriel killer every once and a while…

    your newfie dog is more of an environmental determinent then a couple of chickens…I mean if your neighbours do not mind living next to a bear whatsa a chicken or two….

    or you could just live above a farmers market and have all the stuff come to your house every saturday…

  5. There’s a ridiculous giant sign on the highway just passed the border from new brunswick that says “HONEY BEE IMPORTATION PROHIBITED”. We always make buzzing noises and try to act casual in case someone is watching. Seems retarded inter-province importation isn’t allowed either. Imagine, new brunswick honeybees flying into nova scotia! Cats and dogs living together! MASS HYSTERIA!

  6. It’s illegal to import bees in some places because outside bees can bring in disease. NL bees have none of the major diseases that affect other bees in North America, so no medicine or chemicals in the honey. It’s the purest honey in North America. So they say.

  7. Chickens are not allowed in Riverview; HOWEVER, I heard that is a pilot program to allow people have chickens. I’m going to see if I can join it!

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