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Keeping Fowls

Residents who wish to keep fowls (hens, roosters and chickens) on their property may do so, within the Councils standards and guidelines.

Fowl shelters

For information regarding Fowl Shelters please see our Keeping Poultry Guidelines

Noise complaints

When Council receives a noise complaint regarding fowls the we will investigate the complaint and the owners may be required to remove the animals. Roosters are not necessary for hens to lay eggs and therefore it is recommended that roosters are not kept.

Waste management

All fowl waste including seeds, feathers, dead birds and faecal matter should be placed in a plastic bag and disposed of immediately into an approved receptacle or rubbish bin.

Fly and vermin control

Fly baits and/or fly paper should be placed within the shelter out of the reach of the fowls. It is important to regularly check and replace these baits. Keep the area around the shelter clear of materials that might provide harborage for vermin. Excess food left inside the shelter may attract rats and mice so make sure that you give the poultry only the amount of food they will eat within a short period of time and store food in vermin proof containers fitted with close lids and kept off the floor. Rat bait surrounding the shelter is encouraged to detract vermin.

Always remember that fowls shall be kept in such a location, structure and condition that it will not cause a nuisance or be injurious to health in any way.

Further information

If you have any further questions regarding this matter please do not hesitate to contact the Council’s Customer Service Centre on (08) 8406 8222.

For a full copy of Council's Order Making Policy please see - Council Policies

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