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Feedback: Backyard Hens

Please read the quick summary below and send us your comments by using the form at the bottom of the page. We thank you for your input. For a text-only version of the summary, please go to the bottom of the page or click here.

This is an image of the printed survey with the summary text that is also included at the bottom of this page and two images, one of three hens and another image of a chicken coop.

If you would like to know more about the two pilot projects that the took place in 2011 and 2012, please contact Zone Fredericton for information.


 

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Summary of the Issue of Backyard Hens (Text-only)

This is a way for persons living in low density residential zones to produce food in their own back yards by keeping a maximum of three egg-laying hens for personal consumption of the eggs. Fredericton has had two pilot projects running for the past year, with no complaints or concerns received. If you would like to know more about the pilot projects that the took place in 2011 and 2012, please contact Zone Fredericton.

What are the benefits?

  1. Keeping a small number of egg-laying hens has very low impacts to the neighbouring properties; if kept clean and their coop screened, it is hard to notice them.
  2. Three hens can produce 15 to 18 eggs a week, enough for a family of four.
  3. Hens can help rid a garden of pests and their droppings are good for composting.

What are the problems?

  1. There is a perception by some persons that this is a use better suited for rural, not urban areas.
  2. Some people have fears that keeping hens will attract predators, create foul odours, make too much noise, and spread diseases.

Weighing the pros and cons on this issue, please fill out our quick survey!

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