Backyard Chickens: More Connecticut R...

Backyard Chickens: More Connecticut Residents Raising Hens At Home

There are 10 comments on the The Hartford Courant story from Jul 16, 2010, titled Backyard Chickens: More Connecticut Residents Raising Hens At Home. In it, The Hartford Courant reports that:

Like a fresh egg, Kate's backyard hobby could land her in the frying pan. Under her town's zoning ordinance, keeping live chickens is prohibited - and Kate, an otherwise law-abiding citizen, has a half-dozen hens living in a coop behind her home.

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Greenwich, CT

#1 Jul 16, 2010
What is so wrong with raising your own food? Our parents and theirs did it!
Evil Zoning

Gales Ferry, CT

#2 Jul 17, 2010
Smash Zoning, Communism at its finest.
Cluck Cluck

East Otis, MA

#3 Jul 22, 2010
Linda wrote:
What is so wrong with raising your own food? Our parents and theirs did it!
Because there is no TAXES in it for the state and local politicians to rip-off!!
Local Friendly Athiest

Berlin, CT

#4 Jul 23, 2010
I have 1.7 acres, and I still can't raise chickens thanks to my local zoning laws. Time for a citizens referendum I do believe.
Rocky Priapus

Norfolk, VA

#6 Aug 1, 2010
So how many of you reading this forum would like to see death matches between chickens legalized and taxed in Connecticut!?

Cambridge, MA

#7 Sep 3, 2012
i want chickens in my back yard its fenced in and im bout hungry ass hell

Vernon Rockville, CT

#8 Jul 16, 2014
I am recently interested in raising a few chickens on my one acre lot in Vernon, near the lakes. It is seemingly impossible to ascertain the legality of this rather innocent little pastime. Does anyone have any info? So far, roosters are out of the question, and I cannot disagree. I would sure appreciate anything that might help me find some answers. Thanks a lot.

Willimantic, CT

#9 Aug 1, 2014
The only info I can offer is to go to your town hall and ask them for the regulations for your specific area on keeping livestock. You can also access the information on the internet, which will give you specifics on areas all over the state and country. Some areas allow hens, but not roosters, as you know, and some areas, seemingly rural enough, don't even allow hens! It seems like it should be an easy enough task to accomplish, and that there are more important issues to deal with than whether or not someone keeps chickens, but it's just one more road block in the way of self sufficiency. We homestead, and have for years, growing nearly all of our produce, and raising our own meat. We have no other heat source other than a woodstove, and that's the way we like it! Best of luck in your endeavor. Post here if I can help in any way.

Cromwell, CT

#10 Apr 21, 2016
Local Friendly Athiest wrote:
I have 1.7 acres, and I still can't raise chickens thanks to my local zoning laws. Time for a citizens referendum I do believe.
here is Berlin chicken laws
of course if you stinky neighbors you still won't get to keep them unless you know people in town. That seems to be how our town works. But with that much land you should be able to erect the structure with the restrictions.

Berlin Connecticut Chicken Ordinance

Are Chickens Allowed in this location Yes
Max Chickens Allowed none specified
Roosters Allowed Yes
Permit Required No
Coop Restrictions yes. see below
City/Organization Contact name
Additional Information Section XI C. Agriculture. 1. A farm, farm use, customary farm occupation, nursery, greenhouse, or cold storage plant, including those buildings and structures used for agricultural operations, shall be permitted as a principal use in all single-family residential districts. The raising or keeping of horses, cattle, sheep, goats, poultry, game birds and rabbits shall be permitted. The keeping and breeding and raising of hogs, foxes, pigeons, rodents, primates and any other fur-bearing animals shall be prohibited. 2. All buildings or structures used for agricultural purposes shall conform with the front, side and rear yard setback requirements of the zoning district within which it is located, except no building or structure used for the raising or keeping of animals shall be erected closer than 150 feet to any property line. No pens or runs for poultry shall be permitted within 250 feet of any property line.(Amend. of 7-13-2000, 2, eff. 7-23-2000) 3. The total floor area of all buildings used for any of the above purposes shall not exceed ten percent of the lot area. 4. No single building shall have a total coverage in excess of 5,000 square feet or a horizontal dimension greater than 100 feet, except that these dimensions may be increased to 10,000 square feet and 200 feet if the building is set back at least 300 feet from all property lines.
Link for more Information
Information Last Updated 2010-03-19 00:00:00

New Britain, CT

#11 May 14, 2017
I don't respect any system that tells the people "you can't feed yourselves." I'll fight them all day long, i live i new britain I have chickens and goats, and all I have is a small backyard. But I don't buy milk or eggs. Relly on yourselves, not the system.

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