Why have Chickens?
Not only are chickens great pets but there are plenty of benefits to keeping chooks in your backyard:
- Access to the freshest, tastiest, and most nutritious eggs around
- Chickens can help reduce pests like grubs and ticks
- Recycle your food scraps
- Support ethical food production by having happy, healthy chooks
- Chickens waste offers a nearly unlimited supply of nutrients for your compost and garden.
It’s important to note local councils have different regulations about keeping chickens in your backyard.
How many chickens can I keep in my backyard?
Under State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008, there is a limit of no more than 10 chickens as long as they are maintained in accordance with the guidelines of that policy.
- Maximum floor area 15m2
- Maximum height of 3m above ground level (existing)
- Be located in the rear yard
- No more than 10 fowls or poultry per house
- Must be structurally adequate
- Limit of one per property
- Requires a distance from the boundary of 3 metres.
- Must be located at least 4.5m from any dwelling, public hall, school or premises used for the manufacture, preparation, sale or storage of food
- Materials used must blend with the environment and be non reflective
- Adequate drainage must be provided
- Floor must be concrete or mineral asphalt underneath roosts or perches.
- Consideration should be given to the impact upon adjoining properties
- Water from the pen must not be allowed to enter a neighbouring property
- Council does not recommend or encourage the keeping of roosters in residential areas.
Policy and Legislation
State Environment Planning Policy - page 46 - SEPP 2008 pg 46
Local Government (General) Regulation 2005 Scroll down to Part 5 Division 2