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Old 02-16-2013, 06:36 PM   #1
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Can someone help me with zoning laws for chickens

We are looking into buying a house and want to have chickens but I don't understand this zoning law. How much do chickens weigh?


Fowl Averaging Under Five Pounds in Weight: The number of such fowl shall not exceed twenty-five (25) per acre or a maximum of four hundred (400). All housing structures, outdoor pens and feeding areas shall be set back (1) foot per fowl from all property lines. All fowl must be confined or fenced together.
Fowl Averaging Over Five Pounds in Weight: The number of such fowl shall not exceed three (3) per acre or a maximum of thirty-five (35). All housing structures, outdoor pens and feeding areas shall be set back ten feet per fowl from all property lines. All fowl must be confined or fenced together.
Animals, Other Than Fowl, Averaging Over Thirty Pounds In Weight: The number of such animals shall not exceed three (3) per acre or a maximum of thirty-five (35). All housing structures, outdoor pens and feeding areas for such animals shall be set back ten feet per animal from all property lines. Such animals shall not be confined together. Offspring less than thirty (30) days old shall not be included in the number per acre.

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Old 02-16-2013, 07:09 PM   #2
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Re: Can someone help me with zoning laws for chickens

I would say foul averaging under 5 pounds refers to chickens. Some are a bit more than 5 pounds but it does say averaging. Bigger fowl would be like geese or turkeys.
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Thank you. Looks like I am off to do some research. I have no knowledge of chickens.
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Old 02-16-2013, 11:27 PM   #4
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Re: Can someone help me with zoning laws for chickens

yes, 5lbs or under would refer to chickens, quail, dove. Sounds pretty close to our limitations here as well. We are allowed 20 female per acre, with 1 male per acre, limit 2 males per parcel. Most chickens average 5-6lbs with the heavier breeds being more like 8-10 but I doubt they'd argue that point with you as visually the size is the same and that's their point anyway. Good luck!
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