Backyard Chickens: More Connecticut Residents Raising Hens At Home

Jul 16, 2010 Read more: The Hartford Courant 8

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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East Hampton, CT

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

Moodus, CT

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

Ludlow, 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!?

United States

#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.

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