Chickens are some of the most common farm animals in urban areas. They can be raised for their fertile manure or eggs. Raising chickens can be rewarding, fruitful, and fun for the whole family, but certain aspects must be considered before starting your flock.

Board Bill 52, which was sponsored by Alderwoman Cara Spencer and Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia, was passed by a vote of 22-3 and signed into law by Mayor Lyda Krewson in July 2017. Ordinance 70608 now allows residents in the City of St. Louis to possess up to eight chickens depending on the size of their property. The previous ordinance only allowed up to four animals per city parcel, including dogs, cats, chickens, and rabbits.

More than a year’s worth of engaging residents and compiling data by the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition (STLFPC) contributed to the policy change in the city. The STLFPC urban agriculture survey found that residents wanted a minimum spatial requirement for various reasons, including animal welfare, public health and cleanliness, which was incorporated into the new ordinance.

Below you can find some frequently asked questions about backyard chicken ownership and Ordinance 70608.

Learn more about the ordinance here or click on the image to the right.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read the FAQ’s below to learn about how to care for your chickens, the rules about owning chickens, and any questions you might have about your neighbor’s chickens.

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