Are Backyard Chickens Legal?


backyard chickensAre backyard chickens legal on the West Bank?

With the focus on eating organic and natural, plenty of folks are deciding to keep backyard chickens as their fresh egg source. (Although why they wouldn’t just grab fresh eggs at the farmer’s market is beyond us).

But are the backyard chickens we’re seeing all over the place legal?

After Katrina, it seems like the chicken population exploded, but it’s more likely that the chickens were there all along, escaped their coops and pens, and started wandering through the streets. We’ve all seen a quick little chicken cross the road in our neighborhoods!

Back to the legal question.

In Jefferson and Orleans parishes, it’s legal to keep chickens, but not roosters. Some people inadvertently end up with roosters by buying unsorted chicks (sorting is the process of determining if the chicks will be hens or roosters). If you find yourself with a surprise rooster, find it a new home in a rural area that doesn’t limit what types of fowl can be kept on property.

So, are you raising backyard chickens on the WB? Are they fun? Are they hard to take care of? Can we get some fresh eggs? 🙂


Read also: 10 tips for raising backyard chickens


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