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PostPosted: Tue Oct 11, 2016 11:23 pm 
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Hello!

So I'm new around here, so I'm sorry if this has been answered before (there was an answer but the link supplied no longer works) but after at least an hour of searching, I'm at a loss for where else to turn.

I've just moved to Moorabool Shire, Victoria, into a house with a reasonably sized yard (thank god!) and my partner and I are interested in getting some chickens, only I cannot for the life of me find out how many I'm allowed to keep. I live in a residential area so I'm guessing that roosters are a no-go, which is fair enough, but can I keep chickens in a residential yard, and how many can I have?

Can anyone help?

Thank you in advance!!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:17 am 
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Welcome to the forum :)

The rules are set at the local government (Shire council) level so it'd be best to check directly with them. Rules vary from council to council... Most councils are fine with hens (females) but do set a limit on numbers.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 12:59 am 
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Thank you for the welcome, 70%cocoa! I have emailed the shire council, so hopefully they'll get back to me ASAP :) That's more what I'm wondering about, how many I'm allowed to have.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:48 am 
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Hope they get back to you soon :)

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:16 am 
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Hi kaydejayde. I hope your council is co operative and you can have some chooks. Most councils have regulations re how far from fence lines/buildings chook houses need to be and some also have some requirements about flooring. Your main concern, even in the suburbs will be predator proofing.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 10:22 am 
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Quicker and easier to telephone the Council: sometimes a conversation with the right person wins more advice and information than an email.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:26 pm 
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Yes, give them a ring. It varies a huge amount council to council. And their regulations on what you need to provide as living arrangements vary too.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 3:27 pm 
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Oh cool, thats really handy to know! I was going to put them down one side of my house and fence off an area for them, but if there's regulations about how far they can be from a fence line, I might have to rethink that... I'll definitely give the council a call and check! Thank you guys, I appreciate the advice!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 5:26 pm 
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So, an update. I spoke to the council this afternoon and they told me that there's a limit of 5 chickens in an urban area, and obviously no roosters (which I expected). There seems to be no restrictions on where one can place a chicken coop so that's also a plus for me! :D Now, to get building!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:12 pm 
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Fantastic!!

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Yee haaa - the beginning of a great adventure! Keep us updated on how you are going.

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