Kansas Chicken Laws

You can get eggs and chicken at the grocery store anywhere in the state of Kansas. But why would you when you could experience the joy of backyard chickens? Kansas municipalities make it pretty easy to keep a few hens. Here’s a summary of the rules (but check your specific city, too):

  • Zoning: Backyard chickens are generally allowed in Kansas, but local zoning regulations may apply. It is important to check with your local government to determine if there are any restrictions.
  • Number of Chickens: The maximum number of chickens allowed per property varies by city and county. For instance, in Wichita, up to six chickens are allowed per property, while in Topeka, up to 12 chickens are permitted on properties that are at least 9,000 square feet.
  • Roosters: Roosters are generally allowed in Kansas, but some municipalities may have noise restrictions that prohibit them.
  • Coops and Runs: Coops and runs must be predator-proof, well-ventilated, and clean to prevent disease and pest infestations. They should also provide adequate space for the number of chickens you keep.
  • Slaughtering: Slaughtering chickens is allowed on your own property, but there may be regulations regarding the disposal of waste and methods used. It is important to check with your local government before slaughtering chickens.
  • Health: Chickens must be kept in good health and free of disease. Regular veterinary check-ups are recommended.
  • Waste: Chicken waste must be properly disposed of, and composting is recommended.
  • Permitting: Some municipalities require permits to keep backyard chickens, while others do not. Check with your local government to determine if a permit is necessary.

It’s important to keep in mind that regulations may change, so it is recommended to stay up-to-date with any changes in the laws before keeping backyard chickens in Kansas.

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Last updated: 4/26/24