Can I have chickens in Melbourne?

Can I have chickens in Melbourne?

“There are no restrictions in regards to the proper housing and maintenance of poultry in the City of Melbourne municipality.

How many chickens are you allowed in Victoria?

If your residence has a total area of 900m2 or more, then you can have a maximum of 20 chickens without a permit. If you want more, you will have to apply for council permission. If the total area of your residence is less than 800m2, then you can keep a maximum of 6 chickens.

Do you need council permission to keep chickens?

Chicken coops and runs may require planning permission if they are bigger than regulations allow. It is unusual for the average-sized coop to need planning permission, but you may have to check if you are in any doubt.

Can I grow chicken in my backyard?

A coop has to be in the backyard, must be at least 20 feet away from the nearest neighbor and must be between 15 square feet and 42 square feet in size with a roof. Feed has to be stored so it doesn’t draw rodents to the property, and chicken poop and feathers have to be cleaned up every 24 hours.

What are the rules for keeping chickens in your garden?

Chickens can overheat easily, so need the option of shade. But they also seem to enjoy sunbathing, so a mix of sun and shade is ideal. Some poultry keeping websites advise putting the run against a garden wall, as it provides the chickens with shelter and a sense of security.

How do I rat proof my chicken coop?

To protect the coop use hardware cloth on the floor, and also to cover any ventilation areas, and existing holes. Most rats can squeeze through a space as small as a quarter, so be thorough as you search for holes and cover even the small ones in hardware cloth, or stuff them with steel wool.

Will foxes get my chickens?

It is smart, sly and savvy, and it strikes when your guard is down. Unlike other predators, foxes leave little evidence of an attack, but they will just as cleanly pick off your chickens as any other predator.

Do chickens need water in coop overnight?

That’s a good question! Chickens need to have access to their food and water at all times when they’re awake. However, once they return to roost at night, they sleep soundly and won’t get up to eat or drink.

Do chickens ruin grass?

Chickens are notorious for scratching around and they will quickly destroy any sections of lawn. Not only will chickens scratch your lawn looking for bugs, grubs, and seeds, but they will also eat the grass and make areas of bare earth where they will have ‘dust baths’.

  • August 30, 2022