West Des Moines Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in West Des Moines?No
How many chickens can you have?0
Can you have roosters in West Des Moines?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Not applicable
Application process:Not applicable
More information:City of West Des Moines

If you live in a residential area in West Des Moines, you likely can’t keep chickens in your backyard.

Read on for additional information about raising backyard chickens in West Des Moines.

  • Chickens allowed. West Des Moines, Iowa, forbids most residents from keeping backyard chickens.
  • Roosters not permitted. Roosters are not allowed within city limits.
  • Slaughter limitations. Slaughtering chickens is not permitted on residential properties within the city limits.
  • Homeowners’ Association (HOA) rules. Residents are advised to consult their HOA to find out if backyard chickens are allowed under their community’s specific guidelines. In some cases, HOA regulations may take precedence over city rules.

Checking with the relevant local authorities is the most reliable way to obtain the most recent and reliable information on keeping backyard chickens in West Des Moines.

See other Iowa chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 5/4/23