Kentucky Chicken Laws

Kentucky’s chicken laws vary widely from city to city, but here’s a basic summary of the laws that tend to apply across the Bluegrass State:

  • Zoning: Backyard chickens are generally allowed in Kentucky, 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 Louisville, up to six hens are allowed per household, but roosters are prohibited.
  • Roosters: Roosters are generally allowed in Kentucky, 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 Kentucky.

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Last updated: 4/25/24