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Keeping Chickens in Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi

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. If roosters are allowed, and if a permit is required to keep poultry, this is mentioned in the list below.


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Maryland

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

Cities in Maryland that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Anne Arundel County – 32 hens maximum on a plot of minimum size 40,000 sq ft.
  • Baltimore – maximum 4 hens, permit required.
  • Baltimore County – no maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Frederick – no maximum number.
  • Prince Georges County – no limit in certain zones, permit required.
  • Takoma Park – no maximum number, roosters allowed.

Michigan

Cities in Michigan that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

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

  • Albion – Maximum four to six birds, depending on plot size, permit required.
  • Ann Arbor – Maximum four hens, permit required.
  • Cold Water – No maximum, permit required.
  • De Soto – No maximum, roosters allowed.
  • East Lansing – Maximum four birds, permit required.
  • Ferndale – Maximum three birds, permit required.
  • Flint – No maximum.
  • Fremont – No maximum.
  • Grand Rapids – No maximum.
  • Lansing – Maximum five birds.
  • Kalamazoo – No maximum.
  • Muskegon – One hen only, kept as a pet.
  • Northville – No maximum.
  • Norton Shores – 50 hens allowed on a plot of minimum size 2 acres; 50 more on one acre more.
  • Redford – Maximum of three domestic animals, including chickens.
  • Saginaw – No maximum.
  • Southfield – No maximum.
  • Traverse City – Maximum four birds.
  • Warren – No limit on numbers, roosters allowed.

Cities in Michigan Where Keeping Chickens is Prohibited

  • Birmingham
  • Charlotte
  • Detroit
  • Huntington Woods
  • Livonia
  • Madison Heights
  • Oak Parka
  • Royal Oak

Minnesota

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

Cities in Minnesota that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Anoka – maximum 4 birds allowed.
  • Burnsville – up to 4 hens allowed, permit required.
  • Cottage Grove – one bird per 1½ acres, roosters allowed.
  • Duluth – maximum 5 birds in residential zones, more in other zones; permit required.
  • Eagan – no limit on numbers as long as pot is more than 5 acres
  • Farmington – no limit to number of birds, roosters allowed.
  • Inver Grove Heights – maximum 6 birds, permit required.
  • Hastings – up to 4 hens allowed, permit required.
  • Maple Plain – no limit to number of birds, roosters allowed.
  • Minneapolis – no limit to number of birds, permit required.
  • Osseo – no limit to number of birds.
  • Rochester – maximum 3 birds, permit required.
  • Shoreview – maximum 4 hens if plot is less than 4 acres, permit required, and permission required for keeping more birds on larger plots; roosters allowed.
  • St Paul – no limit to number of birds, depending on permit.
  • Sunfish Lake – no limit to number of birds, roosters allowed, permit required.
  • Waite Park – no limit to number of birds, roosters allowed, permit required for more than 3 birds.
  • West St Paul – maximum 2 per 5 acre plot, more in some zones; roosters allowed, permit required.

Locations in Minnesota Where Keeping Chickens is Prohibited

  • Hopkins
  • South St Paul

Mississippi

If you're keeping chickens in Mississippi, you need to be aware of the various local laws and regulations. Anyone wishing to keep chickens in Mississippi's cities and counties would do well to take a look at the following:

Cities in Mississippi that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Columbus – no maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Flowood – no maximum number.
  • Jackson – no maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Hattiesburg – no maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Rankin County – no maximum number, permit required.

Locations in Mississippi Where Keeping Chickens is Prohibited

  • Greenwood

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Carl, 18 April 2021

We are in Dexter Township. We are trying to find out about ordinances regarding free range chickens. A neighbor has 8 and they are destroying our gardens. We have spoken to the neighbor but it is still a problem. Thank you.


Colleen, 6 April 2021

I'm a Realtor. Several of my Buyers would like to raise chickens & I would like to learn more about that.