Backyard Hen Pilot Project

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.

 

Alberta Farm Animal Care (AFAC)

This course is offered by Alberta Farm Animal Care. The next course is a 3 - hour workshop, split into 3 sessions that takes place from 7:00 – 8:30 pm on:

Wednesday April 29, 2020

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

To register visit: https://www.afac.ab.ca/resources/urban-hen/

For more information and upcoming course dates, please visit the AFAC website.

 

Chickens 101 Course

This course is offered by River City Chickens. The next course is taking place in May.

Date: Sunday, May 24, 2020
Time: 1:30-4pm

To register click: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/chickens-101-online-tickets-103162415562

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


Morinville Public School Learning Farm

This course is offered by the Morinville Public School Learning Farm. The next course is taking place in June.

Date: Tuesday, June 2

Time: 7-9 pm

To register click: https://forms.gle/pPR1PjVFBMUGPqyW7 

For more information and upcoming course dates, please email webb.m.t.m@gmail.com

 

Chickens 101 Course

This course is offered by River City Chickens (http://www.rivercitychickens.org/)

Date: Sunday, July 12th, 2020
Time: 1:30-4pm

To register click: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chickens-101-online-tickets-108993358068

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.
  • Read about Chickens in your backyard from Egg Farmers of Alberta 
  • 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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