With the passing of the amended Animal Control bylaw in Dec 2012, residents of the City of Powell River may now keep up to 3 poultry on any size city lot. Properties of half an acre and larger are permitted more poultry, rabbits and larger livestock. This page provides information that will help you learn how to house and care for your poultry so that they, you and your neighbours stay safe, healthy and enjoy the experience.

Poultry means domestic fowl; hens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons or similar birds. However, no roosters are allowed. You need to clean your coop and enclosures frequently to prevent smells and attracting other animals like raccoons, bears and rats. Poultry also need adequate fresh water and food available at all times.

In addition, appropriate enclosures need to:

  • provide adequate weather protection;
  • prevent the poultry from wandering into neighbouring properties;
  • provide protection from natural predators;
  • be located within the rear yard of the property; and
  • be not less than 0.9 metres from a property line.
For a good checklist of design consideration, see this page.

Following are a few links providing helpful information about keeping poultry successfully.

City of Powell River – Keeping of Poultry

Canadian resource for poultry information:  backyardchickenscanada.com

Find your chicken Selector tool:  mypetchicken.com 

Canadian forum sharing information about breeds and care of poultry and other farm animals:  http://albertachickensetc.punbb-hosting.com/index.php

Loads of links: http://www.ithaca.edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chlinks.html 

Backyard Chickens learning center: http://www.backyardchickens.com/atype/1/Learning_Center

Bear Aware – attractant management

Poultry podiatry solutions:
https://sites.google.com/a/poultrypedia.com/poultrypedia/

If you have resources you recommend, please let us know in the comments and we’ll add them.

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