Have you ever wanted to start a chicken coop? Now you can, in your back yard!
The agricultural advisory committee of Delta is talking with city council about a zoning bulaw amendment that will allow backyard chickens, under certain conditions. If city council decides to continue, a public hearing will follow shortly.
This all follows last year's ammendment to allow chickens on additional single-detached residential lots. In response to letters and a petition requesting Delta consider allowing backyard chickens, council referred the idea to the committee.
"The amendment to the city’s animal control act would be reviewed after one year. The proposed regulations also includes an annual $50 licence fee.
Each chicken would need to be tagged to help with identifying any loose birds, while chicken owners would also need to register with the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture.
The plan would allow hens only, not roosters.
Several municipalities in B.C. have regulations that permit the keeping of chickens on residential properties including Vancouver. " - Sandor Gyarmati, Delta Optimist
Now is the question, will you start a coop? Send your replies in the comments!
- Liam Murray
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