There’s more backyard chickens on the bayou than you might think. That’s thanks in part to the generous chicken laws in Louisiana (although they vary from city to city). Here’s a summary of the rules statewide:
- Zoning: Backyard chickens are generally allowed in Louisiana, 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. In New Orleans, for example, up to four hens are allowed per property, but roosters are prohibited.
- Roosters: Roosters are generally allowed in Louisiana, 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.
Remember that laws and regulations can vary by municipality, so it is important to check with your local government before keeping backyard chickens in Louisiana.
View Louisiana Chicken Ordinances by City
- Baton Rouge
- Bossier City
- Lake Charles
- New Orleans
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