Kearney Chicken Laws

Are chickens allowed in Kearney?No, not in the city limits
How many chickens can you have?Outside city limits: 6 per acre up to 20
Can you have roosters in Kearney?No official rules, but noise ordinance may limit
Chicken coop placement rules:No official rules/limits
Application process:Permit required
More information:Kearney City codes

If you’re thinking about raising chickens in Kearney, it’s crucial to understand the rules and regulations that apply.

  • Chicken Limits: Residents outside the corporate limits of the city can keep up to six (6) chickens per acre with a maximum of twenty (20) allowed. 
  • No chickens shall be permitted within the corporate limits of the City.
  • Chicken coop: The enclosures shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition at all times. For more details regarding their sizes and locations, please contact the local authorities. 
  • Noise Ordinance: The city has a noise ordinance that could prevent the keeping of roosters. Please check with the local authorities for more information about this.
  • Permit Requirements: A permit is required to keep chickens. To obtain a permit, you must submit an application to the city’s Planning and Zoning Department. 
  • Land Requirements: The land area must be at least 1 acre. The chickens must be kept in restricted enclosures in the individual manufactured home space. 

Over the years, cities can update their guidelines concerning backyard chickens. That’s why it’s important to reach out to Kearney officials to stay informed.

See other Nebraska chicken ordinances

Last updated: 07/20/2023