Pennsylvania Chicken Laws

Here are the general laws and regulations related to keeping backyard chickens in Pennsylvania (more specific laws are available by city):

  • Zoning regulations: Backyard chickens are allowed in most residential areas, but some municipalities may have specific zoning regulations regarding the number of chickens allowed per household and the distance of chicken coops from neighboring properties.
  • Permit requirements: Some municipalities may require a permit for keeping backyard chickens. Check with your local government to see if this is required in your area.
  • Rooster restrictions: Roosters are not allowed in some municipalities, so it is important to check local regulations before keeping one.
  • Sanitation regulations: Owners are required to keep the chicken coop and surrounding area clean and free from offensive odors. Manure must be disposed of properly and cannot be used as a fertilizer for crops.
  • Animal welfare regulations: Chickens must be provided with adequate food, water, and shelter, and must be protected from predators. It is also important to ensure that chickens are not kept in overcrowded or unsanitary conditions.

It is important to check with your local government for specific regulations and requirements in your area.

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