Starting a new thread for this as I saw some conversations about it in the welcome area but we really need to keep them in this section. Conversations are like chickens... they will stray if you don't fence them in.
I live in Burlington, Ontario, Canada and I've been told that keeping chickens will be against the local by-laws. In fact, I emailed the city and this was their response...
If you live within city limits, chickens are not permitted to live on your property. Your property must be zoned agricultural to be allowed to house chickens. For more information you can go onto Burlington.ca and look under by-laws.
But actually, I did. I searched for any by-laws concerning chickens and I could not find anything that even mentions them. So, I asked for her to provide me with the actual by-law or zoning law that references chickens... or 'livestock'.
The funny thing about the word 'livestock' is that it implies that the chickens are part of a commercial farming operation. Websters defines 'livestock' as "farm animals kept for use and profit". I wonder if I could use that as a technicality since it could be argued that the chickens would be kept as pets. Don't mind those nasty little eggs... maybe the local by-law officer would help me 'dispose' of them? ;-)
Edited by kristingreen - 11/17/15 at 4:28am