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chickens are not allowed in Worcester,MA

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances (and how to change' started by duprasi, May 21, 2010.

  1. duprasi

    duprasi New Egg

    May 21, 2010
    I called the Worcester zoning department and asked if chickens were allowed in Worcester, MA and she said no. Then I went on backyardchickens. com and they said that chickens are allowed in Worcester,MA Where does backyardchickens get the info from? This women was a Animal Control officer in Worcester, I think she would know.
  2. illegal avian

    illegal avian Cooped up

    Apr 21, 2010
    Third World, Texas
    Go ahead and get your illegal chickens... as long as they are not white the government could care less.
  3. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine
    They have the town of Westminster MA information labeled as Worcester.
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    That sucks.. i feel for ya. [​IMG]
    I'd still get them on the sly... [​IMG]
  5. 1newchickontheblock

    1newchickontheblock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 7, 2010
    Eastern MA
  6. kgw

    kgw Out Of The Brooder

    May 23, 2010
    I warned my neighbors that I wanted chickens and was given the go ahead. I was warned about getting a Rooster that didn't have laryngitis. I guess the big thing is not annoying the neighbors, if they don't call, the law doesn't care.
    Then I found out I am zoned Agriculture and they can't do anything anyways.
  7. windzbreezy

    windzbreezy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2012
    Hey i am in leicester ma and have chickens, so does my neighbors. i live near the boarder of worcester and have heard of people owning chickens in worcester.
  8. GardenerGal

    GardenerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 20, 2008
    Hey, I used to buy my poultry feed in Leicester! Is there still a feedstore/Agway there?

    In Massachusetts, the municipal Animal Control Officer is in charge of keeping what's called a barn book - a census of all livestock and poultry kept in the city/town. He or she is required by the state to make an annual visit to every location where livestock/poultry is kept, inspect the facilities, take a head count, and report the information to the state dept. of agricultural resources, which in turn makes the information available to the USDA. So, the Animal Control Officer should know whether chickens are allowed or not, since he/she is responsible for the barn book.

    However, if you want to make sure, then check with the City Clerk for ordinances on livestock and poultry. You can also ask at the health/sanitation department and even the zoning board. Any ordinances will be in the city code book.

    If Worcester doesn't allow chickens, then you could move to Leicester or Spencer where there are lots of chickens, horses, etc. Or come east here to Salem, where we don't have any livestock-poultry ordinances and you can have anything as long as you keep it clean and the neighbors don't complain about noise.
  9. PaulaSB12

    PaulaSB12 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2010
    Its so weird to see a Leicester in America! I was born in the UK Leicester and now live in Kettering and I found there is a Kettering in the US a well how weird can it get?
  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA

    Cool Leicester! About 30 minutes from me! :)
    Is the drive in still open? I still need to get out there this summer one time..

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