Specifically, Schedule "D" for the By-Law on animal control has thirteen points to it, listed below. I'm most intrigued by the part of schedule related to communicable diseases (aka "bird flu" and the like), the final point in the list.
- No roosters
- Up to 10 hens per property
- Property must have a detached dwelling, and the lot must be at least 12m x 20m (Roughly 40' x 65')
- Chickens suspected of communicable diseases must be taken to the vet immediately.
- No owner shall allow or permit his or her chicken to running at large
- No person shall keep a rooster except in an agricultural use within an agricultural zone as established by the Zoning By-law.
- The maximum number of chickens permitted on a lot shall be 10.
- All chicken coops shall be located only in the rear yard and must fully enclose the chickens and prevent them from escaping.
- The chicken coop shall be designed and constructed to ensure proper ventilation and sufficient space for the chickens and maintained in accordance with good animal husbandry and shall keep all vermin out.
- All dead chickens must be disposed of immediately and in any event, within 24 hours.
- There must be hygienic storage of and prompt removal of chicken feces.
- The chickens' food supply must be protected against vermin
- All lots housing chickens must have detached dwellings on them; a frontage of at least 12 meters; and a depth of at least 20 meters.
- The chicken coop shall be located at least 3 meters from the rear lot line of the lot on which the chicken coop is located.
- The chicken coop shall be located at least 3 meters from any side lot line of the lot on which the chicken coop is located.
- No person shall keep chickens unless registered with the Clerk or designate and upon paying the required fees and charges, as outlined in the City's Fee Guide.
- In the event the owner of chickens suspects they are infected with a communicable disease, the owner shall immediately consult a veterinarian licensed to practice in Ontario to diagnose the condition. If the diagnosis confirms that the chickens are infected with a communicable disease, the owner shall immediately notify the Regional Medical Officer of Health and comply with any direction which may be issued by the Regional Medical Officer of Health in this regard.
Thanks, Doug, for the heads up! Here's hoping the council approves it quickly.