In Missouri, the laws and regulations related to keeping backyard chickens are as follows:
- Zoning laws vary by municipality, so check with your local government before keeping chickens.
- Roosters are not allowed in most urban and suburban areas.
- A permit may be required to keep chickens in some areas.
- All chickens must have access to a covered, predator-proof coop or other secure structure for protection.
- The coop must be kept clean and odor-free.
- Chickens must have access to clean water and food, and their feed must be stored in a secure container to prevent access by rodents and other animals.
- Chicken manure must be properly disposed of or composted.
- Chickens must be kept in a humane manner and not subjected to cruelty or neglect.
- If you plan to sell eggs, you may need a permit from the Missouri Department of Agriculture.
- If you plan to slaughter chickens on your property, you must do so in a humane and sanitary manner and follow all applicable laws and regulations.
It is important to note that these laws and regulations can vary depending on the municipality or county, so it is always best to check with your local government before keeping backyard chickens.
View Missouri Chicken Ordinances by City
- Kansas City
- Lee’s Summit
- Saint Charles
- Saint Joseph
- St. Louis
- St. Peters
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