Am I allowed to have chickens/goats in my yard?

by SingleMom

Hello Ms. Merriam,

I am quite literally starting my quest to learn how to be self-sufficient and practice homesteading skills. What I'd like to know is how to find out the most recent ordinance rules for my community, which is in a suburb of Baltimore, Maryland.

I tried Googling the name of my community with the word Ordinances after it, but all the websites had quite a complicated group of legal documents, too many and too complicated for me to be able to answer my question. Is there some organization or person I could call to ask the specific question too? Or a website I could go to to get specific questions answered about whether or not I can have chickens and goats in my yard?

Additionally, what would you recommend me doing or learning before I brought these animals into my yard?

This is all very new to me, but learning to be self-sufficient is very important to me. I am a single mother with two young children. I live in my own small townhouse and I feel that for the time being, my custody situation with my abusive ex-husband has me stuck living here for a few years. I am also currently on Government Disability, so I don't work any outside job. My yard isn't very big either, but I think it would have enough room for a few animals So I'd like to learn how to be self-sufficient without moving from my home.

I thank you in advance for helping me. Your site is a wonderful site full of rich resources on self-sufficiency and homesteading, and I'm very glad you have it on the Net.

-SingleMom *^_^* who has also subscribed to your e-zine

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drawf goat in my yard in the city of grerley
by: Anonymous

Can you gave drawf gosts In your bsckysrd in the city limits of greeley

Can I have goats as pets in Greeley Co 80634
by: Anonymous

My neighbor has 2 fairly large Goats he is raising to eat and I hate this. I don't want to live in the City and see animals I have given treats to killed for their supper table when they are wealthy people but the wife is from a Country (Mexico) where this is common place. Is it legal for these Goats to be there?

Ipswich Ma
by: cutty4

Can I have goats in my backyard in Ipswich Ma? I have chickens but am wondering if I can get 2-4 pygmy goats.

Greeley Chickens--
by: Anonymous

Yes, you can keep chickens in Greeley, CO. But Animal Control will lie to you and say you can't because Greeley is a ridiculous town that is so afraid that people will think it's "backwater" that it does every thing it can to remain backwater. Go figure. Tell them pppbbbbtttttt. 10 chickens per acre, even in the city. If you have a "normal" size yard (a little over 1/8 of an acre) you could probably get away with 2 hens (however, any buildings, sheds etc. in that area have to be used for the chickens or else they will take that out of your acreage). Although I think the actual figure is something silly like 1.768 chickens for 1/8 of an acre. Since you can't have less than a whole chicken, unless it's in your freezer, I say round up! Hope that helps.

Am I allowed to have chickens in Greeley, CO
by: Anonymous

I had found out the same for Greeley, Co. Just to be sure I am calling a number I found for Animal Zoning on on Monday. Thank you for the help.

Check Your City's Ordinances
by: Sue Merriam

The easiest and quickest way to find out if chickens are allowed in your area is to google your town and state along with the word "ordinance."

I did that for Greeley, Colorado, and the only ordinances regarding chickens (defined as "fowl") state that they can't run free in your yard and must be confined in shelter that protects them from the elements and from which they can't escape.

A chicken tractor or small chicken coop will work just fine. Also, there doesn't seem to be a limit as to how many chickens you can have or whether you can have a rooster, but for the sake of your neighbors, I would really recommend using good judgment and keeping the number of chickens down to about half a dozen and not have a rooster. They can be noisy critters!

Hope this helps,


Can I keep chickens in my yard?
by: Anonymous

I wanted to keep 3-4 chickens in my large back yard. I'm not sure what the laws are in my area and am not sure how to find out. I live in Greeley, CO.

NO chickens in Mauldin, SC
by: Sandy

Sadly, we aren't allowed to keep chickens in the city limits of Mauldin, SC.

You Can Keep Chickens in Baltimore
by: Sue Merriam

Hi Single Mom!

It took some digging, but here's what I found:

You can keep up to four chickens (hens only; no roosters)in your backyard in the city of Baltimore, but you will need to apply for a permit from the Baltimore Bureau of Animal Control.

You must also register with the Maryland Department of Agrigulture, Domestic Policy and Exotic Bird Registration Division. You can apply online by clicking here.

You must keep your chickens in a movable coop. A chicken tractor works great for this. You will have to keep your chickens at least 25 feet from any residence, allow 2 square feet per hen, provide shade during warm weather and shelter during bad weather. If your birds get sick, you have to take them to the vet, and you have to provide them with fresh water everyday and food. In other words, you have to take care of them.

Unfortunately, Baltimore ordinances won't allow you to keep a goat, but you can keep bees. Again, you will have to apply for a permit. You can do that here, and learn more about bees here.

Thanks for contacting me and happy homesteading!


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