Milford Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Milford?Yes
How many chickens can you have?5
Can you have roosters in Milford?No
Chicken coop placement rules:At least 4 square feet per chicken.
Application process:Permit required
More information:Milford City Council

You won’t be getting dozens of eggs a day, but you can certainly have a few laying hens in your backyard in Milford.

The rules for keeping backyard chickens in Milford are as follows.

  • Allowed chickens. Homeowners can have up to five chickens on their property.
  • Rooster prohibition. Roosters are not allowed, primarily to avoid noise-related disturbances.
  • Coop placement and size. Chicken coops must be located in the rear yard, no closer than 10 feet to any side or rear property lines, and at least 25 feet away from neighboring residential structures. At least 4 square feet per chicken.
  • Coop cleanliness and maintenance. Ensuring that chicken coops are clean, dry, and well-ventilated is crucial for preventing health hazards and nuisances such as foul odors or pests.
  • Permit requirements. A permit is required for keeping backyard chickens in Milford. The permit application process involves submitting an application and paying a fee.
  • Compliance with health and safety regulations. Backyard chicken owners need to adhere to health and safety regulations, which include rules for selling eggs or meat.

To ensure compliance with local laws, always consult the most recent guidelines and contact the relevant authorities in Milford, Delaware, about backyard chicken keeping.

See other Delaware chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 4/14/23