Colorado Chicken Laws

In Colorado, there are state and local laws and regulations that apply to keeping backyard chickens. Here is a summary of the rules:

  • Zoning: Chickens are generally allowed in residential areas, but there may be local regulations that apply. Check with your local zoning ordinances for specific regulations.
  • Number of Chickens: The number of chickens allowed per property varies by municipality. For example, in Denver, up to eight hens are allowed per residential lot, but roosters are prohibited.
  • Coops and Runs: Coops and runs must be predator-proof, well-ventilated, and kept clean to prevent disease and pest infestations. They should also provide adequate space for the number of chickens you keep.
  • Roosters: Roosters may be prohibited in some municipalities due to noise concerns.
  • Slaughtering: Slaughtering chickens is allowed on your own property, but there may be restrictions on the methods used and how the waste is disposed of. Check with your local regulations before slaughtering chickens.
  • Health: Chickens must be kept in good health and disease-free.
  • Waste: Chicken waste must be properly disposed of, and composting is recommended.
  • Permitting: Some municipalities require a permit to keep backyard chickens, while others do not.

It is important to note that these regulations are subject to change, and it is recommended to check with your local municipality for any updates or changes before keeping backyard chickens.

Ready to start your flock? Check out our guide to raising chickens in Colorado.

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Last updated: 4/24/24