Today is the day for Red Deer City Council to determine whether it's one-year 'back yard' chicken project will become a fully endorsed, licenced land use. Administration is recommending Council approve a Chicken Bylaw with regulations similar to other animal bylaws after which it will return to Council in with an update. Urban Chickens are expected to be discussed shortly after 6 p.m. tonight.
The adoption of a chicken bylaw would be similar to other City of Red Deer animal control bylaws, such as the Dog Bylaw and Cat Bylaw. The proposed bylaw contains regulations related to the number of chickens allowed, the prohibition of roosters or onsite slaughtering, the sale of eggs and the care and welfare of the chickens amongst others. Licensing of chickens, will set a limit of one license per 1,000 persons within the city at a maximum of four chickens per site. There would be a nominal fee for the license, which would need to be renewed annually.
You can find the full agenda package at: http://meeting.reddeer.ca/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=1156&doctype=AGENDA