Illegal Fowl: A Survey of Municipal Laws Relating to Backyard Poultry and a Model Ordinance for Regulating City Chickens

42 Environmental Law Reporter 10888, 2012

By: Environmental Law Institute, Jaime Bouvier
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Urban Livestock

This article reports on a survey of municipal chicken-keeping ordinances in the 100 largest U.S. cities. It explores the benefits of and residents' concerns about keeping backyard chickens, and draws from survey results to identify regulatory norms and both more and less effective ways to regulate the keeping of chickens. The article concludes with a proposed model ordinance with introductory commentary for use by municipalities.