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Do you need a license to keep chickens in your garden?

Last Updated: 15th April, 2020

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If you're looking at just keeping afewhens in the back garden then legally youdonot need a licence or to register them. Youmay,however, find you are not allowed to keep poultryinthe deeds of the property.

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Similarly one may ask, are you allowed to keep chickens in a residential area?

Summary: Residential houses can keepsixfowl of most kinds (peafowl, geese, ducks etc.), nostringentrequirements for coop dimensions or size given. If yourresidencehas a total area of 900m2 or more, then youcan havea maximum of 20 chickens without apermit.

Subsequently, question is, how many chickens can I keep before registering? You must register if you go over 50 birds atanytime but you can also register voluntarily ifyoukeep less than this: remember to consider chicks andanyexcess birds that are hatched for the dinner table or to selleachyear.

Also Know, are you allowed to keep chickens in a residential area UK?

Under the 1950 Allotment Act you are allowedtokeeping hens on your allotment, as long as they are only fortheuse of the tenants and not used for business or profit.However, ifyour chickens are regarded as a nuisance or ahealth hazard,or their welfare is affected they can beremoved.

Can I keep a chicken as a pet?

Sometimes people get the idea to keep anindoorpet chicken, or a "house chicken." It's not agoodidea to keep them permanently indoors,though.Chickens are happiest when they have access to theoutside.But you don't want to keep chickens inside thehousepermanently; indoor pet chickens are just abadidea.

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Donghai Staheli

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Will I get rats if I keep chickens?

Yes, chickens can attract unwanted pests.Normallyrodents. But, with hanging feeders (Which also means notspreadingfood onto the ground), hanging waterer's, and well storedfeedcan solve this. For the time we still haverats/micearound our coop.

Dieudonne Erde

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Do I need permission to keep chickens in my back garden?

Backyard Poultry - A Guide to keeping afewhens at home…
However, it is advisable to check yourpropertydeeds or consult your landlord to make sure thereare nocovenants preventing the keeping of 'livestock'.Theinformal keeping of hens at a residential propertyforpersonal use may not requireplanningpermission.

Abdelkhalik Geneste

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How much land do you need to keep chickens?

So for 4 chickens that free range, youonlyneed a coop/run area that measures about: 4 by 4 feet(16square ft). But it is always best to give them as muchspaceas you can. For chickens that will beinsidethe run all the time (never free ranging), you needto bumpthat number up to 10 square feet per bird.

Donnell Dini

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How far should a chicken coop be from the house?

But you need to give them enough space to keepthemhealthy. If you allow your chickens to free range, givethemabout 250 to 300 square feet per bird. If you choose to keepthechickens confined to a chicken run, allow 8 to10square feet per bird.

Dannette Teal

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Belisa Venables

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Are hens noisy?

Most backyard chickens are virtuallyundetectable,only getting vocal when they have just laid an egg orthere isdanger about- either noise won't last long, andisn'tparticularly loud in the first place. Compared to adog'sbark which can reach over 90 decibels, chickens canhardly becalled a noisy animal.

Deandra Ulin

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Can you have roosters in a residential area?

Unless with the consent of Council, a person mustnotkeep or allow to be kept any roosters on any land inanurban residential area. However, Council acknowledgesthatin some circumstances it may be suitable to keep roosters inaresidential area where there arelargerproperties.

Laira Casbas

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Can you keep chickens without a cockerel?

Hens don't need a rooster in order to layeggs.Without a rooster, the eggs are infertile, so won'tdevelopinto young chicks. If you do have a rooster butcollect theeggs daily and keep them in a cool place beforeusing them,they won't develop into chicks.

Melek Wlodarcza

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Do you need permission to keep hens?

1 Do I need permission to keep hens? Itiscourteous to ask neighbours if they object and then,ifthere are no other poultry keepers in your area, make acallto your local Environmental Health Officer to be on the safeside.Some ancient estate properties prevent you fromkeepingpoultry, so check your deeds.

Gagandeep Capelli

Pundit

Do chickens attract rats UK?

Poorly designed or maintained chickencoopscan be a magnet for rodents such asrats.Rats are attracted more so to yourchickensfood, water and eggs but will sometimes alsoprey on smallerbirds, choosing to attack at night, leaving you withan unwelcomesurprise come morning. Eating yourchickenseggs.

Caterin Rennoch

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Are chickens good for vegetable gardens?

Chickens do eat garden pests, butthinkingthat they are compatible with a vegetable garden isnotquite right. Chickens love tender greens and willravagebeets, lettuce, chard, and even broccoli. Also, they areattractedto the color red and will eat all of the tomatoes thatthey canreach.

Amor Kopke

Teacher

Will chickens ruin gardens?

Yes, they probably will ruin the gardenbutdepending on how nice you like to keep your garden thenit'sall a matter of opinion! Most breeds of chickens willscratchareas of ground looking for food to eat, they willpeck theleaves of plants they fancy and create hollows in theground fortheir dust baths.

Victorias Addinall

Teacher

Are chickens noisy and smelly?

Noise is purely relative. Hens arenotnearly as noisy as a crowing rooster but occasionallytheycan be loud, like after they lay an egg. If you are trying tokeepyour chickens a secret from your neighbors, they willhearthe hens, but that is pretty much during the day and isnotrally all that annoying.

Benjamina Barrena

Teacher

How much should I pay for a laying hen?

A live chicken will on average costaround$3 to $30 depending on the breed and age of thechicken.Here's some general guidelines: Baby chicks:Starting at $1,averaging about $5. Started pullets (4 weeks –16 weeks):About $15 – $25.

Manjeet Hunziker

Reviewer

How much space do chickens need UK?

The absolute minimum space for a hen in a run is1square metre per hen. However 2 square metres per hen ispreferable.Essentially the more space you have forchickens thebetter as the less space your flock hasthe more likely it isfor there to be quarrels, andbullying.

Dariya Esquilas

Reviewer

Which hen lays the most eggs?

Here are the top chicken breeds which are most likelytogive you the highest volume of eggs.
  • White Leghorn. These attractive birds can lay up to 300largewhite eggs in their first year.
  • Rhode Island Red.
  • Ameraucana.
  • New Hampshire Red.
  • Sussex.
  • Goldline (Hybrid)
  • Plymouth Rock.
  • Golden Comet.

Elan Twellmeyer

Reviewer

Do chickens need grass?

Chickens do not need grass but theyare"flock" birds so really do need company. They willscratcharound anywhere and you could make life more interesting forthemby putting down some mulch, bark chippings and straw for themtooccupy their time.

Kai Ackmann

Reviewer

Do you need a cockerel for hens to lay eggs?

Hens don't need a rooster in ordertolay eggs. Without a rooster, the eggsareinfertile, so won't develop into young chicks. Of course,ifyou are interested in breeding your own hens,thenyou will need a rooster - but before yougodown this path there are several things to consider.

Kinda Buurmann

Supporter

How many chickens can you keep in a coop?

Chickens should be kept outdoors inacoop or shed. You can buy chicken coopsfromhome improvement stores or online, or you could buildyourown. Your coop should have: at least 1,100squarecentimetres floor area for each bird.