Ordinance requirements for bantams vs. standard size hens?

Discussion in 'Local Chicken Laws & Ordinances' started by Meara, Jul 1, 2016.

  1. Meara

    Meara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    The new Moline IL ordinance allowing backyard hens is due to take effect in a few weeks! [​IMG]Two young women in our community worked their arses off for the last year to get this through and did an AMAZING job [​IMG]

    The ordinance is based on the model used in Cedar Rapids IA and specifies:

    "Henhouses and chicken tractors shall be designed to provide safe and healthy living conditions for the chickens with a minimum of four (4) square feet per bird while minimizing adverse impacts to other residents in the neighborhood."

    What I'm wondering is whether we should request a special space provision for bantams? Are there any ordinances out there that have specific provisions for bantams? And if so what would be a reasonable amount per bantam hen? Obviously six Old English Game hens don't need quite as much space as six Jersey Giants!
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    "Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens" lists recommended amounts of space for chickens based upon their size. However, the more space you can give them, the better. If you are talking 6 chickens, you are talking 24 sq ft. That really is not that large a space, especially if you add a second or third level that they have access to via ramps.
  3. Meara

    Meara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2011
    Thanks, I own that book and will look for that section. I already have a coop and run, but wanted to research this so I could inform the folks writing the ordinance.

    Anyone else have experience with this issue?
    I was hoping to find an example or two of city ordinances that address bantams.
  4. brieana

    brieana New Egg

    Jul 20, 2016
    Moline, Illinois
    Hey, we're you at the chicken class last week?

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