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Keeping Chickens in Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts

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, this is mentioned in the list below.


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Louisiana

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

Cities in Louisiana that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Alexandria – no limit to number of birds, roosters allowed.
  • Baton Rouge – Up to 3 hens, roosters allowed.
  • Hammond – no limit to number of birds, roosters allowed.
  • Lafayette – no limit to number of birds, roosters allowed.
  • Monroe – no limit to number of birds, roosters allowed.
  • New Orleans – no limit to number of birds, roosters allowed.
  • Shreveport – no limit to number of birds, roosters allowed.

Maine

If you plan keeping chicken in Maine, bear in mind the following local laws and ordinances for all Maine chicken keepers:

Cities in Maine that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Bangor – No limit on numbers, no permit required.
  • Brunswick – Maximum 6 hens, no limit in rural areas.
  • Cumberland – No limit on numbers, no permit required.
  • Dover Foxcroft – Maximum 6 hens.
  • Falmouth – No limit on numbers.
  • Portland – Maximum 6 hens.
  • South Portland – Maximum 6 hens.

Massachusetts

Chicken keepers in Massachusetts are subject to various local laws and ordinances. Anyone wishing to keep chickens in Massachusetts' cities and counties should take a look at the following list:

Counties and Cities in Massachusetts that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Ayer – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed.
  • Boston – No limit on numbers.
  • Chicopee – No limit on numbers, no permit required.
  • Danvers – Maximum 15 on plots of 20,000 sq ft, and one more hen for every additional 2000 sq ft; no permit required.
  • Freetown – No limit on numbers, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Holland – Numbers depend on plot size, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Holyoke – No limit on numbers, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Ipswich – No limit on numbers, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Maynard – Numbers depend on specific circumstances, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Milford - No limit on numbers, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Natick – Numbers depend on license/permit.
  • Norfolk County – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed.
  • Palmer – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed.
  • Peabody – No limit on numbers.
  • Reading – Maximum 24 hens.
  • Rockland – Maximum 24 hens.
  • Salem – No limit on numbers, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Southwick – Maximum 25 hens on a minimum 40,000 sq ft plot, no permit required.
  • Springfield – No limit on numbers, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Westminster – No limit on numbers, no permit required.
  • Wilbraham – No limit on numbers, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Winthrop – No limit on numbers.
  • Yarmouth – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed.

Cities in Massachusetts Where Keeping Chickens is Prohibited

  • Agawam
  • Cambridge
  • Northborough
  • Pittsfield
  • Sharon

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John, 9 May 2020

is it legal to have chickens in lynn ma


Terri, 29 March 2019

We live in Hendricks County in Brownsburg in a small subdivision right on the outskirts of city limits which makes it the county we call for 911. My question is our neighbors have approx 8 chickens that roam the neighborhood, leaving there messes everywhere..We do not have an HOA but wanted to see if there are in restrictions. Please let me know. Thank you