illinois towns that allow backyard chickens

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by bleith, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. bleith

    bleith Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2010
    West Dundee IL
    I know of 5 Illinois towns that allow backyard chickens. Chicago, St Charles, Naperville, Downers Grove and Oak Park. If you know anymore please let me know. Thx
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
  3. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
    I am in Decatur and you can have chickens here so long as your coop is 75 feet from your neighbors house. Where i am our lots out here avarge 60 by 160 and on the side i have my coop at its an empty lot so I am safe all the way around. Most of my neighbors dont even know I have them as I have a 6 ft privacy fence. The ones that do love it. As far as roosters you can so long as neighbors dont complain. They fall under nuisance law and no one has complained on my neighbor. Hers crows all the time. Also the only limits are selling chicks and ducks. They have to be 8 weeks old and you have to sell 10 or more at a time. You can have as many as you want so long as they are taken care of and the coop is clean and doesnt smell. But if you have alot and small space and not being taken care of good you can be charged with animal cruelity same as with any other animal.
  4. bleith

    bleith Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2010
    West Dundee IL
    Thanks to both of you for your information. I am looking to have backyard chickens in suburban West Dundee IL near Schaumburg. Working with the city as we speak and just trying to find out as much info as possible to pass along to them
  5. Peipooch

    Peipooch Out Of The Brooder

    You can have them in Cerro Gordo, Illinois, too. They have to be 75 feet from your neighbor, like Decatur. We've only had problems with one neighbor, but she looks for trouble and everyone in town knows she's crazy (has always complained about her neighbors). We have eight happy hens![​IMG]
  6. nico demouse

    nico demouse Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 10, 2010
    Evanston just passed an ordinance allowing backyard hens.

    Also, Naperville, Saint Charles, Warrenville, and Downer's Grove.

    I'm with a small but growing group of Lombard residents trying to get our ordinances changed. Our info is
  7. IvoryLotus

    IvoryLotus Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 21, 2010
    Mundelein, IL
    I heard about Evanston, although it was a so-so passing. Limited people can have chickens as pets.
    Still a victory!

    I am in Mundelein, IL.... and they are def. not allowed here.
  8. swimmer

    swimmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 17, 2010
    Where I live in UT, no chickens allowed in our city. Unless your've zoned in an agriculture area. The city council just voted backyard chickens down, again, last month. And it's very sad how uneducated the council memebers were. Chickens spread disease, they are loud, they smell, on and on. Another thing they siad was animal control doesn't have time to "respond" to calls from neighbors about chicken complaints. Very sad. Lucky for me, I'm zoned where I can have them and am blessed where my neighbors don't mind. It's amazes me how uneducated these council members are and the responces they had to the families who wanted to raise chickens.
  9. bleith

    bleith Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2010
    West Dundee IL
    West Dundee Illinois is one step closer. The board approved and ordinance that will allow upto 4 hens, $25 annual license fee etc... Just waiting for Planning and Zoning to have their hearing about changing the zoning portion. Thank you all for your information. It has been a long battle, but I believe worth it in the end.

    And I agree about the eduaction of the board members. Thats why when their term is up, you have to vote in new blood. A lot of them are there on their own agenda and don't listen to the people.

    Everyone out there, keep up the good fight
  10. mountanaman

    mountanaman Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 28, 2011
    From what I can tell, the Downers Grove ordinance states you can have up to 4 mature birds, but the coop must be at least 50ft from all neighboring property lines. Since most average lots around here are 60 x 150 (give or take), it essentially prohibits them.

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