New Hampshire Chicken Laws

In New Hampshire, there are no specific statewide guidelines that govern the raising of backyard chickens. Instead, local city or county ordinances generally establish the regulations.

Some of the main aspects that local ordinances may cover include:

  • Zoning considerations. Check your local zoning designations to establish if your property is designated as residential, agricultural, or mixed-use, which could impact your ability to house chickens.
  • Chicken limits. The number of chickens you can keep on your property may be subject to local restrictions, which could be influenced by factors such as property size or distance from neighbors.
  • Coop stipulations and location. Local regulations may outline requirements for chicken coop size and placement, including stipulated distances from property borders, other structures, or adjacent homes.
  • Regulations on roosters. Roosters may be restricted or banned in specific areas due to potential noise issues.
  • Coop cleanliness and upkeep. Ensuring proper sanitation and maintenance of chicken coops is vital to prevent potential health risks and nuisances, like odors or pests.
  • Rules on slaughtering. Local regulations may dictate if you can process chickens on your property, possibly necessitating particular permits or licenses.
  • Adherence to health and safety protocols. Compliance with health and safety regulations, particularly those related to the sale of eggs or meat, may be necessary.

To confirm your compliance with local regulations, connect with your city or county government to access the latest information on backyard chicken keeping rules in your area.

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Last updated: 4/25/24