Tips for keeping chickens

Keeping chickens is a great way to save money and provide your family with fresh, tasty eggs. Chicken droppings can also be used to enrich your compost.

Residents should check the maximum number of chickens allowed and that their current or intended poultry house complies with the guidelines specified for the zoning of their property in Subdivision 21 Fowl and poultry houses in the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.

Generally the above guidelines state:

  • Unless your home is zoned R5, you can keep up to five chickens but not house any roosters.
  • Chicken houses (fowl and poultry houses) may be done under Exempt Development in Zone R1, R2, R3, R4, R5 or RU5. They require a DA if the property is in an E3 or E4 zone.
  • The development (fowl/poultry house) must be three metres from the property boundary.

Check the zoning of your property here and then consult the State Environmental Planning Policy (Exempt and Complying Development Codes) 2008.

Introduction to keeping chickens workshop

Residents are invited to attend a free workshop on the basics of housing and keeping chickens.

Sunday 23 April, 10am – 12pm

Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden, St Ives.

Tips for raising happy chooks

  • Keep your chickens in a lockable, fox-proof chicken coop at night
  • Provide your chickens with an outdoor run or let them roam your garden during the day
  • Feed them a healthy, varied diet, with plenty of protein for egg-laying chickens
  • Always provide clean drinking water
  • Clean your chicken coop regularly
  • Worm and vaccinate your chickens
  • Provide roosts and nesting boxes
  • Provide access to loose dirt so your chooks can take a bath
  • Learn how to catch and hold your chooks safely

For more information on responsible chicken ownership, speak to your local vet.