Backyard Hen Pilot Project

Council Approves Backyard Hens

At the April 6, 2021 meeting Council approved Backyard Hens in Airdrie permanently. As of April 6, 2020 Airdrie residents may apply for a development permit that will allow for a maximum of four (4) hens on a on single family lot.  Please review the regulations and contact the planning department at planning@airdrie.ca for more information.

Approved Urban Agriculture Backyard Hens Land Use Bylaw Regulations

Update March 1, 2021

Administration is preparing to take forward to Council land use bylaw regulations for the keeping of Backyard Hens on a permanent basis. The regulations are consistent with the Backyard Hens Pilot Project guidelines and will be included in Land Use Bylaw No. B-01/2016.

Below is link to the draft regulations that will be going to Council on April 6, 2021.

Urban Agriculture/Backyard Hens Proposed Land Use Bylaw Regulations

Pilot Project Extended until November 30, 2020 (updated April 22, 2020)

At the April 20, 2020 meeting Council approved an extension to the Backyard Hens Pilot Project. The Pilot Project will now run until November 30, 2020 and a maximum of 100 households will be allowed to participate.

Pilot project participants will be allowed to keep a maximum of four hens (no roosters or chicks), and eggs and meat may not be sold as they are intended for personal use only. For more specific information on the pilot project, see the Backyard Hens Pilot Project Guidelines.  

 

Interested in participating in the pilot?

Key information for potential pilot program participants:

  • Applicants must complete an application form and read the guidelines to be considered for the program.
  • Applicants will be required to attend a training session, must permit regular inspections of their coop and must obtain PID numbers for their animals. 
  • A maximum of four hens per lot is allowed.
  • Hens must be four months old or older – chicks and roosters are not permitted.
  • Eggs, meat, and manure cannot be used for commercial purposes.
  • Backyard slaughtering is not allowed.

While raising hens and enjoying fresh eggs can be very fulfilling, there are significant costs associated with building a suitable coop, and a large time commitment in caring for the animals.


Backyard Hens 101 Training Now Available Online

As part of your application for backyard hens, you are required to attend a training course. Below are some courses that are presently being offered online. Please visit the websites directly to register and keep your receipt and/or proof of course completion.

Chickens 101 Course

River City Chickens is offering its next Chickens 101 Workshop later this month.

Date: Sunday, July 25, 2021

Time: 1:30 - 4 p.m.

Visit this link to register.

For more information and upcoming course dates, please email info@rivercitychickens.org.

Helpful Links

  • Egg Farmers of Alberta has a Top Ten List of Chores for people raising backyard hens.
  • Get help selecting your breed at My Pet Chicken using their breed selector tool 
  • If you are chosen to participate in the pilot, you will need to get a PID number through Alberta Agriculture and Forestry for your animals. There is a great FAQ section on PID numbers for more details.
  • Alberta Farm Animal Care provides training for anyone interested in backyard chickens and offers an online urban hen manual with information about flock health, handling of chickens, cost, breeds, coop design, diseases and more.

 

For more information contact:
Planning and Sustainable Development Department
403.948.8848
urbanhens@airdrie.ca.

 

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