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Keeping Chickens in Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky

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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A Wyandotte hen

Indiana

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

Cities in Indiana that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Bloomington – maximum 5 hens, permit required.
  • Cumberland – maximum 10 birds.
  • Evansville – maximum 6 birds, roosters allowed, permit required.
  • Fishers – no maximum number, roosters allowed, permit required.
  • Fort Wayne – no maximum number, roosters allowed, permit required.
  • Indianapolis – maximum 12 birds, including one rooster (confined to coop).
  • South bend – maximum 6 hens, permit required.
  • Terre Haute – no limit on numbers.

Locations in Indiana Where Keeping Chickens is Prohibited

  • Lafayette
  • Martinsville
  • New Castle
  • Rocky Ripple Village

Iowa

Cities in Iowa that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

If you're keeping chickens in Iowa you need to be aware of the various local laws and regulations. Anyone wishing to keep chickens in Iowa's cities and counties should use these lists as a starting point:

  • Carbon – no maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Cedar Rapids – no maximum number.
  • Centerville – no maximum number.
  • Coralville – no maximum number.
  • Council Bluffs – no maximum number, roosters allowed, permit required.
  • Des Moines – 25-50 per acre depending on zone, roosters allowed.
  • Johnson County – no maximum number.
  • Keokuk – no maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Mount Pleasant – no maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Oakdale – no maximum number.
  • Ottumwa – no maximum number, roosters allowed.

Locations in Iowa Where Keeping Chickens is Prohibited

  • Cedar Falls
  • Davenport
  • Milford
  • Oskaloosa

Kansas

Chicken keepers in Kansas are subject to various local laws and ordinances. If you wish to keep chickens in Kansas you should start by taking a look at this list:

Cities in Kansas that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Clay Center – up to 12 hens depending on plot size, permit required.
  • Kansas City – maximum numbers determined on a property to property basis, roosters allowed, permit required.
  • Lawrence – 12 to 20 hens, depending on plot size.
  • Lenexa – no maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Manhattan – no maximum number.
  • Overland – no limit to numbers on plots larger than two acres, roosters allowed.
  • Topeka – no maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Wichita – maximum 12 hens, permit required.

Kentucky

Kentucky has long been synonymous with chicken of a certain, Southern-fried kind! If you plan keeping chickens in Kentucky, start by checking out these local regulations and rules:

Cities in Kentucky that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Alexandria – no maximum number.
  • Ashland – no maximum number, but only allowed on plots of 5 acres or more.
  • Bowling Green – no maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Covington – no maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Elizabethtown – no maximum number.
  • Jefferson County – maximum five hens on plots of at least 0.5 acres.
  • Lexington – no maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Louisville – 5 hens and 1 rooster allowed.
  • Morehead – no maximum number.
  • Paducah – no maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Pikeville - no maximum number, roosters allowed.

Locations in Kentucky Where Keeping Chickens is Prohibited

  • Bellevue
  • Glasgow
  • Owensboro

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An Omleteer, 13 September 2021

Roosters are not allowed in city limits of council bluffs iowa


Lucas, 1 May 2021

I lived in Greenwood area. Can I raise chicken at my backyard. Do I need permit?


Tim, 6 March 2021

How can I attempt to change Edinburgh, Indiana Town Ordinance regarding keeping "Backyard Chickens" to provide eggs for my family?


Sheila, 20 April 2020

How can I change this, I live in Owensboro Ky., and would like to keep a couple hens for fresh eggs I have a very large yard and feel this is a violation of my rights. I have the means to keep them penned and cared for, would use the droppings mixed with soil to fertilize my other vegetables, and plants and so do not see the problem. Especially in this time it would help in keeping me at home and safe, since I am elderly and high risk for covid-19.


Shannon, 5 April 2020

I just wanted a couple of hens for eggs