The Kenmore Municipal Code (KMC) section 18.70 allows the keeping of chickens (small animals) as a single-family accessory use, subject to certain conditions:
1. Three small animals per household may be kept if your property is less then 20,000 square feet in size; Five small animals are allowed for properties 20,000 square feet to 35,000 square feet in size. Two additional small animals are allowed per acre (43,560 square feet) for properties greater than 35,000 square feet in size.
2. Roosters are allowed in the total.
3. Small animals shall be confined in a building, pen, aviary or similar structure or securely fenced portion of the site. Any covered structure used to house small animals shall maintain a distance no less than 10 feet from any property line.
KMC 18.20.170 defines "Small Animal" as any animal other than livestock or animals considered to be predatory or wild in which are kept outside a dwelling unit all or part of the time. Animals considered predatory or wild shall be considered small animals when they are taken into captivity for the purposes of breeding, domestication, training, or exhibition.
Did You Know?
Hens don't need a rooster to produce eggs! Talk about an independent
woman bird! Hens can lay eggs all by themselves. Roosters are needed to fertilize eggs so that they can hatch into baby chicks, however hens will lay eggs whether or not they are fertilized. So, if you're getting for the purpose of enjoying fresh eggs, consider having hens only - your neighbors will thank you!
How to Control a Rooster's Crowing
Although the sound of a rooster's crowing can be quite pleasant, it can also be unwelcome. Crowing is a natural part of a rooster's personality. A rooster may crow at any time of day (or all day!) and for various reasons. Although you can't prevent a rooster from crowing, you can help control it to help give your neighbors some peace and quite. Consider the following to help control your rooster's crowing:
- Seal areas of the coop that allow light to enter. Doing so will trick your rooster into thinking it is still night. Hang dark material along the openings of the coop to block out sunlight. Keep the blackout material up until you are ready to let the rooster out of the coop in the morning.
- Remove other roosters from the coop. Having more than one rooster in the coop can cause competition, which creates excessive crowing.
- Put your rooster in a low roof coop at night. Roosters normally stretch their neck while crowing, so a space that is comfortable enough for sleeping, but restricts standing, can help control crowing.
- Provide a stimulating environment to prevent boredom. Roosters tend to crow a lot if they are bored. Create interesting things for your rooster to do, such as providing a different type of perch, hanging a corn cob or building straw tunnels.
The information provided is not intended to replace the Kenmore Municipal Code.; please see the KMC in its entirety online.