Chicken Update – Regulations on Backyard Hens in the Kansas City Area

One of my most popular blog articles continues to be Sarah’s Guide to Backyard Chicken Regulations in the Kansas City Area, which I posted nearly two years ago. During this time, the popularity of backyard chickens seems to have soared, and I am so happy that my little chart has helped so many people. Updating the chart and adding more cities is on my to-do list, but for now, I just update it as I learn of changes in city codes.

When I posted that chart back in 2010, it was a result of personal research and interest. I knew that I wanted a few backyard hens for eggs, but I had no knowledge of our local rules and regulations. Upon learning that chickens were permitted in my city, I set about researching coops and convincing the husband, and in the spring of 2012, we finally got chickens. It is easier, more entertaining, and less poopy than I imagined. I really love having backyard hens. We are now collecting eggs daily, thankfully the dog is over her initial predator-prey instincts, and the chickens are healthy and fun to watch.

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One thing that I have experienced challenges with is finding clean, organic, locally grown feed. For me, part of the reason for having chickens is to have delicious eggs produced by chickens who eat a clean, natural diet. Are you having the same challenges or do you know of a great local resource? I am considering starting a local backyard hen club or co-op so that we can bulk buy and share supplies and feed. Is anyone interested in something like this? Please send me an email with the subject line “Chickens” so that I can keep your email on file and contact you with chicken-related information.

About the Author

Sarah Snodgrass is a residential real estate agent specializing in Kansas City's historic neighborhoods and enclaves.

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