Applications Now Being Accepted For Backyard Hen Pilot Project

You can now apply to participate in the backyard hen program.

Wood Buffalo council met last week where they approved a pilot project after Councillor Verna Murphy brought forward the idea last year.

Through the program, up to 50 properties will be allowed between two to four hens.

The project is slated to get underway on May 1, 2021, and will last for 24 months. Afterward, a decision is expected to be made whether to expand it or cancel it.

To be eligible, you must live in a single detached dwelling or semi-detached dwelling with a minimum lot area of 400 square metres. All neighbours must also be notified, while an annual license is needed.

Interested residents must also complete a Backyard Hen Training Course. It will cost between $50 and $75 per person.

The coop will need to follow all requirements in the land use bylaw which outlines three metres of separation between any dwellings, windows, and doors, as well as a minimum distance of one metre from the side and rear property lines.

The property will also need to be screened.

Soiled litter and manure must be removed from the coop daily, including cleaning any soiled waterers or feeders.

More information, including how to apply, can be found on the RMWB’s website.

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