Can I keep chickens in my back garden?

Keeping a few chickens in your back garden is becoming more popular but the decision to do so should not be taken lightly. Having a cockerel will cause you problem from the nuisance aspect so it is not recommended.  In Cheltenham there are no local bylaws preventing any one from keeping poultry but you should be aware of other legislation which will be applicable. The following information may be useful to think about before you make your decision.

Many properties have covenants to prevent you keeping poultry and other livestock.

Food and water left out for poultry is likely to attract vermin such as rats and mice. Chicken houses may also provide harbourage for rats and mice. Where rats and mice occur in substantial numbers then Environmental Health Public Protection section would take action to eradicate the vermin.

In warm weather poorly kept poultry can result in unpleasant odours emanating and flies from the area, which may become a nuisance to your neighbours.

Poultry whether chickens, cockerels, ducks geese etc all like to communicate with each other and such noise can become a nuisance to your neighbours. Environmental Health Public Protection section can take action to abate such nuisances.

Chicken sheds and runs, depending on size may require planning permission. The planning department should be contacted directly. Additionally the location of the runs and coops should not be near your own or your neighbour's home.

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