Now that you have decided to keep chickens, you may want to start buying the equipment that you need. But before you get cracking, pun intended, you should check that you are allowed to keep chickens. Poultry are classed as livestock in the United Kingdom, and certain restrictions can apply.
Keeping Chickens at Home
If you plan to keep poultry at your home, start by checking the deeds to your property to see whether there are any restrictions which may prevent you from doing this. Or, if you live in rented accommodation, check the terms of your tenancy agreement and speak with either your landlord or letting agency: to make doubly sure!
We also suggest that you talk to your local council, to check that there are no by-laws or covenants which may prevent you from keeping chickens at home.
Keeping Chickens on an Allotment
If you plan on housing your hens on an allotment, it is very likely that you will need to obtain permission from your local council first. They may also have rules which restrict the type or number of chickens that you can keep on your patch. (In our experience, most councils will permit you to keep a small flock of laying hens but not a cockerel. They may also require you to keep vaccinated chickens, instead of unvaccinated chickens.)