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Keeping Chickens in New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York

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 no permit is required to keep poultry, this is mentioned in the lists below.


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New Hampshire

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

Cities in New Hampshire that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Derry – Numbers depend on size of plot.
  • Dover – Maximum 6 hens.
  • Epsom – No maximum, roosters allowed.
  • Farmington – No maximum, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Londonderry – numbers depend on size of plot.
  • Madbury – No maximum.
  • Manchester – 1 bird per acre, with 1 additional bird per ¼ acre, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Mason – No maximum, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Pittsfield – No maximum, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Plaistow – No maximum, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Raymond – No maximum, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Rochester – No maximum, no permit required, roosters allowed.
  • Windham – numbers depend on size of plot.

New Jersey

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

Cities in New Jersey that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Clifton – no maximum number, roosters allowed, permit required.
  • Elizabeth – no maximum number.
  • Jersey City – maximum 50 hens, permit required.
  • Lacey Township – no maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Manalapan – no maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Monroe Township – 32 birds per acre, roosters allowed.
  • Newark – no maximum number, permit required.
  • Newton – no maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Old Bridge – no number limits, but plots must exceed 5 acres, roosters allowed.
  • Redbank – maximum 12 birds, roosters allowed.
  • Sparta – maximum 10 birds, roosters allowed.

Locations in New Jersey Where Keeping Chickens is Prohibited

  • Collingswood
  • Haddonfield
  • Haddon Township
  • Iselin
  • Woodbury

New Mexico

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

Cities in New Mexico that Allow the Keeping of Chickens

  • Albuquerque – maximum 15 birds, roosters allowed.
  • Les Cruces – no maximum number.
  • Santa Fe – no maximum number, roosters allowed.
  • Silver City – no maximum number.

New York

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

Counties and Cities in New York that allow the keeping of Chickens

  • Beacon – No number limits.
  • Binghampton – Maximum 4, roosters allowed.
  • Brooklyn – No number limits.
  • Buffalo – Maximum 5, permit required.
  • Huntington – Maximum 8.
  • Liverpool – No number limits, roosters allowed.
  • New York City – No number limits, permit required.
  • Owego – No number limits.
  • Rochester – Maximum 30 per 240 sq ft, roosters allowed.
  • Ronkonkoma Islip – Maximum 15 per 500 sq ft, roosters allowed.
  • Saratoga Springs - No number limits.
  • Smithtown – No number limits, roosters allowed.
  • Southampton – No number limits, roosters allowed.
  • White Plains - No number limits.

Cities in New York Where Keeping Chickens is Prohibited

  • Albany
  • Ithaca
  • Middletown
  • Ogdensburg
  • Plattsburgh
  • Syracuse

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Jessica, 12 July 2021

Woodbury NJ allows backyard chickens, w permit.


Doris, 23 June 2021

my neighbors have chickens, that have been roaming in my backyard for the past 3 years. I have spoken to them and I have called the health dept in my area. They were seen roaming in the yard just this evening 06/22/2021. I have even sent pictures to the health dept. Could you offer any other advice?


Marty, 21 May 2020

Ithaca NY now allows backyard chickens, max of 6, hens only. https://www.ecode360.com/31202025