Flint Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Flint?No
How many chickens can you have?0
Can you have roosters in Flint?No
Chicken coop placement rules:Not applicable
Application process:Not applicable
More information:Flint city code

If you’re thinking about raising chickens in Flint, make sure to educate yourself about the rules and regulations. You may be in for a disappointment.

  1. Prohibition of Poultry Keeping: The City of Flint prohibits the keeping of poultry or domestic fowl on residentially zoned lots, other than household pets such as canaries and parakeets.
  2. Exceptions for Educational or Research Purposes: While the general rule prohibits backyard chicken keeping, there are exceptions for educational or research purposes. If you meet the criteria for these purposes, you may be allowed to keep chickens.

If you are allowed to keep chickens in Flint (rare exceptions), you must comply with the following requirements:

  • Confinement: Provide and maintain a yard, pen, shelter, or building for chicken confinement.
  • Space: Allocate at least 25 square feet of ground or floor space per chicken.
  • Distance: Keep chickens at least 50 feet away from residential buildings.
  • Cleanliness: Remove manure and waste matter from the chicken area daily.
  • No Roosters: Roosters are not permitted.
  • Containment: Chickens must not be allowed to roam freely.

Contacting Flint officials is necessary to ensure you have the most recent information about the rules for backyard chickens, as these regulations can change over time.

See other Michigan chicken ordinances.

Last updated: 06/11/2023