CHAPTER 3

BACKYARD OUTLAWS: ARE CHICKENS ALLOWED WHERE YOU LIVE? WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF THEY AREN’T?

BEFORE STARTING your backyard flock, make sure chickens are allowed where you live. Start hyperlocally by learning about regulations such as those from your homeowners association, then move outward. Check with city, county, state, and federal laws, too. Many major cities, for example, seem to allow backyard chickens, but the smaller ones do not. (The only conclusion we can draw as to why relates to the notion that larger cities are typically older, meaning at their start, residents likely kept chickens and other livestock for food supplies.) Solid resources ...

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