Danbury Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Danbury?Yes (on lots larger than 5 acres)
How many chickens can you have?No official rules/limits
Can you have roosters in Danbury?No official rules/limits
Chicken coop placement rules:No official rules/limits
Application process:No official procedure
More information:Danbury zoning regulations

Raising chickens is a favorite pastime of some Danbury residents, but not many — thanks to the city’s restrictive and confusing backyard chicken rules.

Here’s a summary of key regulations concerning backyard chickens in Danbury, Connecticut. Be sure to check with local authorities for any updates or changes to these regulations.

  • Zoning. In Danbury, residential zones allow for the keeping of backyard chickens on lots larger than 5 acres. However, it is essential to check with your local zoning department or homeowner’s association for any additional requirements or restrictions that may apply to specific neighborhoods or subdivisions. The specific rules for smaller lots in Danbury are unclear.
  • Number of chickens. Danbury does not have any official limits on the number of chickens on qualifying lots.
  • Roosters. There are no official rules regarding roosters in Danbury.
  • Coop and enclosure requirements. Chickens must be housed in a clean, dry, and secure shelter. Proper construction and maintenance of the coop are necessary to prevent the entry of rodents and other pests. The coop and run should also provide ample space for the chickens to move around freely. Coops must be located in the backyard and adhere to setback requirements.
  • Sanitation and waste management. Regular cleaning of the coop and run is crucial for maintaining cleanliness and minimizing odors. Appropriate waste disposal is important to avoid the spread of diseases and prevent the attraction of pests.
  • Health and welfare. Providing chickens with suitable food, water, and medical care is essential. Additionally, being aware of local predators and taking the necessary measures to protect the birds is important.

For the most current regulations and guidelines, always consult the City of Danbury or local officials, as these may change over time.

See other Connecticut chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 4/26/24