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Keeping Chickens in Delaware, Florida, Georgia

Local laws relating to coop/pen size, proximity to residences and roads, noise, sanitation, and zoning restrictions apply in all cities and counties. You’ll also need to check with the local home owner's association, if one exists in the area you’re living in. Many cities require the chickens to be penned at all times. Where roosters are allowed, and where a permit is required to keep poultry, this is mentioned in the list below.


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Delaware

Chicken keepers in Delaware are subject to various local laws and ordinances. Anyone wishing to keep chickens in Delaware's cities and counties should cast their eye over the following list first:

Cities in Delaware that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Dover – maximum 25 hens.
  • Newark – maximum 6 animals (total number of animals, including chickens).
  • New Castle – no maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Smyrna – no maximum number, roosters allowed.

Locations in Delaware Where Keeping Chickens is Prohibited

  • Milford
  • Wilmington

Florida

Chicken keeping in Florida is subject to local laws and regulations. If you wish to keep chickens in the various Florida cities and counties, this list will give you a heads-up:

Counties and Cities in Florida that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Broward County – No number limits (depending on plot size), roosters allowed.
  • Fernandina Beach – permit required, and not easy to acquire one.
  • Gainesville – 20 per acre, roosters allowed.
  • Hialeah – No number limits.
  • Jacksonville - No number limits, roosters allowed.
  • Jupiter - No number limits, roosters allowed, permit required.
  • Key West – No number limits, roosters allowed. Chickens are allowed to free range. Permit required.
  • Lady Lake - No number limits.
  • Lakeland – No number limits.
  • Lutz – Maximum 4.
  • Melbourne – No number limits,permit required.
  • Ocala – No number limits.
  • Orange County – Maximum 30.
  • Orange Park - No number limits, roosters allowed, permit required.
  • Orlando – Maximum 30.
  • Oviedo – No number limits, roosters allowed, permit required. Chickens are allowed to free range.
  • Palm Coast - No number limits, roosters allowed.
  • Panama City – No number limits, but a fee per chicken. Permit required.
  • Pembroke Park – No number limits; no birds in mobile home parks.
  • Pensacola – No number limits.
  • Pinellas Park – No number limits, permit required.
  • Sarasota – Maximum four.
  • St Augustie – No number limits.
  • St Petersburg – No number limits.
  • Tallahassee – No number limits.
  • Tampa – 1 per 1000 sq ft.
  • Titusville – No number limits, permit required.

Cities in Florida Where Keeping Chickens is Prohibited

  • Bradenton
  • Cape Coral
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Myers
  • Hollywood
  • Lake Worth
  • Longwood
  • Miami
  • Pompano Beach
  • West Palm Beach
  • Windermere
  • Winter Park

Georgia

Georgia chicken keepers need to be aware of the local laws and ordinances of the area in which they live. The following list gives the basic rules for some of Georgia's cities and counties:

Counties and Cities in Georgia that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Albany – No maximum number.
  • Alpharetta – No maximum number.
  • Atlanta – No more than 25 birds in total (chickens and other poultry combined), roosters allowed.
  • Athens – No maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Augusta – No maximum number.
  • Bartow County – No maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Canton – No maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Clarke County – No maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Columbia County – No maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Columbus – 32 per acre, with a minimum of 2 acres
  • Cumming – No maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • DeKalb County – No maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Decatur – No maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Dohlonega – No maximum number.
  • Duluth – No maximum number.
  • Lilburn – No maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Macon – No maximum number, permit required.
  • Marietta – No maximum number.
  • Milton – 75 chickens allowed, more in agricultural zones, roosters allowed.
  • Norcross – No maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Rome – No maximum number.
  • Roswell – No maximum number, permit required.
  • Savannah – Maximum of 4 hens.
  • Statesboro – No maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Tucker – No maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Valdosta – No maximum number, roosters allowed.

Cities in Georgia Where Keeping Chickens is Prohibited

  • Dalton
  • Forsyth
  • Gwinnett
  • Jefferson
  • Lithonia
  • Newnan
  • Smyrna
  • Warner Robins
  • Winder

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