Keeping backyard chickens

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Keeping chickens as pets can be a rewarding experience, especially for children. But chickens and other poultry can carry germs such as salmonella, even when they appear healthy and clean. These germs are found in the chickens’ faeces (poo) which can contaminate the chickens' feathers, the environment they live in, and the surface of their eggs.

For more information on how you can keep your chickens, yourself and your family safe and healthy, see the Better Health website. 

How many chickens can I keep on my property?

You can keep up to 5 chickens/poultry on your property without a permit for additional animals. For more information and to apply for a permit, please see: Restrictions on animals.

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Last updated: 07 July 2021