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Feeding the Locavores, One Chicken at a Time: Regulating Backyard Chickens

Zoning and Planning Law Report, Vol. 34, No. 3, p. 1, March 2011

Albany Law School Research Paper No. 46

Touro Law Center Legal Studies Research Paper Series

13 Pages Posted: 3 Mar 2011 Last revised: 24 Jan 2014

Patricia Salkin

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Date Written: March 1, 2011

Abstract

As the local and regional food shed movement and the urban agriculture movement continue to grow, uses once considered only found on the rural farm are now finding their ways into urban and suburban communities. As a result, municipalities across the country are now facing the challenge of regulating the keeping of chickens in residential districts. From nuisance law to zoning regulations addressing the number of hens that may be kept on parcels, whether roosters are allowed, the size and location of coops and other issues, this article reviews the rapidly developing trends in this area of land use law.

Keywords: chickens, urban agriculture, zoning, land use, backyard chickens, hens, roosters, locavore, nuisance law

JEL Classification: K11

Suggested Citation

Salkin, Patricia, Feeding the Locavores, One Chicken at a Time: Regulating Backyard Chickens (March 1, 2011). Zoning and Planning Law Report, Vol. 34, No. 3, p. 1, March 2011; Albany Law School Research Paper No. 46; Touro Law Center Legal Studies Research Paper Series . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1774023

Patricia E. Salkin (Contact Author)

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center ( email )

225 Eastview Drive
Central Islip, NY 11722
United States

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