Sarah’s Guide to Backyard Chicken Regulations in the Kansas City Area
I am an egg snob. I eat fresh farm-raised eggs because I like the way they look and taste, and the thought of conventional egg production gives me the willies. Though they are more expensive, I reason that the cost per egg is still very low, and I remind myself how much enjoyment each egg provides me. As urban farming is gaining in popularity, I have been starting to think that even I could have a backyard coop, which led me to this blog entry. Where are chickens allowed? What regulations go along with keeping chickens? How many chickens can I have? Below are charts displaying city municipal code relating to keeping fowl on residential property on both sides of the state line. I have included many of our biggest metro towns in the table, summarizing their chicken ordinances. Missouri is the clear winner; looks like you’ll have to go to Strouds if you want chicken in Kansas.
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CHICKENS IN KANSAS?
|Chickens Allowed||Number Allowed||Details in Brief|
|Overland Park||No*||*Fowl are permitted on a rural lot over three acres in size.|
|Roeland Park||Yes||6||Must apply to the City first, and there is an application fee of $100, then an annual renewal fee of $75.|
|Merriam||Yes||The only rule governing fowl is the Nuisance Prohibited code. It basically says that any animal owned or harbored at a residence can’t disturb neighbors by either annoyance of smell, noise, running loose onto another’s property, threatening the public, attacking other domestic animals or people, damaging public property or otherwise endangering the health of the citizens.|
|Olathe||Maybe||Chickens allowed only in Rural Residential areas, not typical tract subdivisions. In rural residential areas, you can have chickens if your lot is three (3) acres or more, otherwise you have to apply for a special use permit.|
|Shawnee||Yes||No more than 10 may be kept with special animal permit. Poultry house must be 100 ft from property line.|
|Lenexa||Yes||Depends on Property Size: If less than 1 acre, 0 chickens. If 1-3 acres, 4 chickens per acre allowed. Total number not to exceed 12 chickens.||Must be 100 feet from nearest neighbor’s dwelling, 100 feet from front lot line, and 25 feet from side and rear lot lines.|
|Kansas City, Kansas||No||Chickens are only allowed on agriculturally zoned land; residents may apply to the director of animal control for a special permit.|
|Desoto, Kansas||Yes||Fowl may be kept on any tract of land in the City that is at least one acre in size. Twelve fowl per acre are allowed up to a maximum of 25 fowl. No more than one rooster may be kept per lot or household. Fowl must be kept in a confined area and not allowed to range freely. Such confined space must be setback at least twenty-five (25’) feet from the property line in a rear yard. No fowl may be kept inside a residence.|
CHICKENS IN MISSOURI?
|Chickens Allowed||Number Allowed||Details in Brief|
|Kansas City, MO||Yes||15||Enclosure required, coop must be 100ft from nearest neighbor’s dwelling, no foul odors or loud roosters, and must be kept clean and sanitary. *Vote on July 14, 2011 to allow exemption of distance allowance with neighbor’s approval.|
|Independence||Yes||20||up to 6 chickens must be 50 feet from neighbor dwelling, 7-20 chickens must be 100 feet away from neighbor dwelling, and over 20 chickens must be 200 feet away from a neighbor dwelling. No foul odors, and must be kept clean and sanitary.|
|Raytown||Yes||4||Must be 100 feet from nearest neighbor’s dwelling, and must be kept clean and odor free.|
|Parkville||Yes||15||Must be at least 500 feet from the nearest neighbor’s dwelling, and must be kept clean and sanitary|
|Belton||Yes||4||No more than 4 per acre or part of an acre.|
|Grandview||Yes||2||No more than 2 per lot in residentially zoned areas, must be at least 20 feet from neighbor’s dwelling, must be kept in an enclosure, and must be kept clean and sanitary.|
|Lee’s Summit||Yes||4||No more than 4, hens only – no roosters, henhouse must be 10 ft from property line and 40 ft from nearest adjacent building/dwelling, must be kept clean and free of noise or odors, they must be in enclosed/fenced area, etc….|
This turns out to be a timely topic, as the Roeland Park City Council is meeting tonight to discuss the keeping of chickens in their city. Chickens are currently not prohibited on residential property in Roeland Park, but perhaps we are seeing the signs of a sea change in Johnson County.
We’ve been talking about getting chickens but for some reason I was under the impression that they weren’t allowed here in KCMO proper. This is very exciting, thanks for the good word.
I don’t know if I could have chickens due to my dogs’ high prey drive…but I love the thought of overcoming factory farming and raising your own food! I used to live on Madison Ave in Westport and I had a neighbor with a loud rooster. It didn’t bother me, it kind of brought a sense of country to the city, but I can see why they don’t allow them in KCMO!
Kansas needs to get with the program!
There is an Admin Meeting November 22, 6 pm at Roeland Park City Hall to discuss this further. See the City Hens in Roeland Park group site:
for details and the latest information. City Hens in Roeland Park is also on Facebook. Thank you for your support.
What is the chicken law in Gladstone MO ?
I know this blog post is SUPER old, but did you ever find out the answer? I am trying to find out if chickens can be kept in Gladstone and the ordinance is confusing at best. 🙂
I poured through the Gladstone Codes, and you are right – it is confusing! I think you need to call them to verify the rules. These two statements seem to be in opposition (both found in Sec. 2.105.160. – Keeping horses, livestock and fowl.):
1. “Horses, livestock and fowl must be kept on a lot containing at least three acres under the following conditions. Livestock may be kept on less than three acres upon obtaining a special use permit.”
2. “Not more than 25 fowl shall be kept on each 20,000 square feet of land area. Fowl shall not be kept or housed within 30 feet of a street or property line.”
Also, I thought I would mention that where the codes refer to “Wild animals and fowl” – that is defined as any animal or fowl not normally considered to be domestic. Chickens are domesticated, so I do not believe those regulations should apply.
I wish I could be more helpful. Anyone else is welcome to chime in, but in the mean time – I think you should call City Hall and ask to speak to someone about city codes pertaining to animal regulations. Let us know what you find out!
Heather, I was making some calls today to city hall so I went ahead and asked about chickens in Gladstone. Sadly, they are not allowed. The lady said that you had to have several acres in order to have chickens in Gladstone. Sorry! Sounds like it is time to move! Ha ha 🙂
I have a facebook group for Gladstone residents who are interested in getting the chicken laws changed in Gladstone to allow hens.
On the odd chance that anyone from Gladstone finds this, please consider joining our group.
Thank you Sarah for compiling your list. It is a wonderful resource!
Regarding the 100 feet restriction in Kansas City – any one know how we/I could go about attempting to reduce that? I noticed Grandview’s restriction is only 20 feet; if we could get KC’s down to even 50 or 75, that might enable more people to have backyard birds…
Would you be willing to email a note of support for backyard hens in your capacity as a real estate agent? I live in Roeland Park and our next city council meeting is on Dec. 6th, next Monday. Your support would really help our cause.
Absolutely, Sheri. Where should I send a letter in support?
If you would just send it to the Roeland Park City Hall city clerk, firstname.lastname@example.org and ask her to share it with the council members. Thank you so very much. Our “make or break” meeting is Monday night so keep your fingers crossed. Thank you again for your support.
I forgot to ask if you could copy it to me or email@example.com
Roeland Park now allows backyard hens! Our ordinance passed and we will be able to apply for a permit by the end of the week. Thank you for your support.
What a great victory for Roeland Park. Here’s to hoping that other nearby cities follow suit. Good luck with your hens, Sheri!
Roeland park res here…came looking for info on here after the dlc sent me via twitter. Sooo excited!!! Beautiful!!
Per Independence’s website, the 200′ setback from your nearest neighbor is only if you have more than 20 chickens. If you have 1-6, only 50′ is required. 7-20 requires only a 100′ setback. See City Code SEC. 3.02.006.
Thanks for sharing the info. FWIW, while chickens are illegal on residential land in KCK there are a lot of people doing it anyhow. As long as you get along with your neighbors the police are usually busier working on real issues.
chickens are allowed in Liberty MO but only 3 and no roosters.
My family and I are more than likely going to be moving to Liberty, Mo. this coming spring. We would like to start raising chickens for eggs. Are you positive it is ok to have them in Liberty city limits?
Yes, they’re allowed in Liberty. You have to register for a permit first and are only allowed up to 3 hens. I hope they raise the limit on these given the mortality rate sometimes. Anyway, there are rules such as having a distance from any neighboring property of 10 feet or more and at least 100 feet from any dwelling place.
Do you know what the laws are for Stilwell, KS? I would like to have guineas…do they come under the same laws as chickens?
Great question, but unfortunately I have no idea. I am no expert, I just went through all the city’s individual code books. They can all be found online these days. Good luck with your guineas! I just looked them up online, and they sound like fun birds to have around: http://www.guineafarm.com/guineas.html
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I live in Grandview. While I’m thankful that we can have chickens (we will be getting some soon), I’m disappointed that it can only be 2 chickens; we’d like more. I also read that the Community Development Dept. must approve your enclosure prior to building and will need to regularly inspect it. I’m reluctant to seek to increase the amount of chickens for fear of putting myself on their radar. I wish there was a way to locate all chicken people in Grandview so we could band together and ask for more chickens.
I have also heard this recently, but didn’t come across it a few months ago when I was researching and thinking about getting chickens. Now that we have them, someone told me that the city has to approve their coop and periodically inspect it. I was wondering if that was true and where I would find that information.
I live in Prairie Village and have had my 5 hens for close to a year now without any problems whatsoever, but recently i have had some new neighbors move in and have turned me into the city. I guess i’m looking to get some help in trying to get chickens legalized in PV. I have not had any luck trying to get on agenda for city council meetings, any info you can provide is much appreciated. I really dont want to lose my girls.
Any luck yet?
Any luck? We are in PV and would like a few hens to keep out bugs…
As far as I know, Erika, they are not allowed in any way in Prairie Village. You can always keep checking the city codes though.
Are you still interested in changing the ordinance in Prairie Village? I would love to help you work on it. I live in Roeland Park and we now have an ordinance permitting hens. There are quite a few people in PV that are interested, but you all need to meet each other and work together. Let me know if I can help.
How would one get the ball rolling in their city for their current laws regarding chickens to be changed? Who would we write to? The Mayor? I live in a city that does not allow chickens and I would love to see that change. I think it would be a great project for my kids to help with. I just need to know where to begin. Can someone email that info to me? cjcollins23 at yahoo dot com Thank you!!!!!
Call your city councilperson’s office. It would require changing the city codes, and they can help guide you in the right direction. You will probably need to get a petition going as well.
Does anybody know if there is any discussion on this topic regarding Overland Park KS? would like a pair of hens myself but as of now it is a no.
Did you read the codes? I thought you could petition the codes department, but I can’t remember exactly. Good luck!
Sarah- Did you come across info regarding Lawrence that you might be able to share?
Yes, but there are rules. You need to read the city codes: http://www.lawrenceks.org/city_code/system/files/chapter03.pdf
Look at Article 5. In brief, it states that you can have: “one animal per 500 square feet of lot size, rounded down, but in no event will the total number of permitted fowl on any lot exceed 20.”
Good luck with your chickens, it is alot of fun!
Would you know anyone in your area who has Marans?? I am looking to buy black copper marans in KS and cannt locate any. thanks.
Does any one know what the rules are in Platte City, MO?
I called Platte County Zoning this morning regarding keeping chickens and guinea fowl. I was told that chickens and guineas are allowed…however many I want as long as it is ok with my homeowners association and that I get a permit to build a coop. The coop must be 100′ from property frontline, 15′ from sideline and 30′ from back line.
chickens are not allowed in parkville city limits. i just called today.
i’m also devastated to find out they are not allowed in the unincorporated part of platte county—–which is in the town of parkville zip code but has kansas city mo as the address. we have 8 chicks a week old and now we can’t keep them?
i’m so sad. i’m thinking of having them anyway and see if i can get away with it. we’re just in love with these adorable chicks.
What a great chart! When I was shopping for our house, I had to do all this research myself. I wish this chart had been available back then. After many fun years having chickens and goats, we are now selling our house. http://www.123homesearch.com/Web/AR300489/FeaturedListings/details/5024483?listing_id=6856484
Please get with Sarah if you are interested in seeing the house. Thanks!
Does anyone know the rules for keeping chickens in smithville, mo in clay county? My husband and I were thinking of getting 3 chicks and a rooster but didn’t know if it wad allowed here.
Ya I was wondering the same thing we just bought a house out in wildflower subdivision and I want chickens for eggs! Any help from anyone would be appreciated!! Thanks
I am looking to buy some Marans, blue or black copper in Kansas…anywhere in Kansas! Anyone know of a chicken keeper selling Marans??
We live in Leawood and hoped to have a couple of backyard chickens, but it is a no-go. My 6th-grade daughter got approval from her teacher at school to hatch a few chicks for a project. The only problem is, I don’t know who can take them once they’re hatched. Do you have any ideas or know anyone on a farm who wouldn’t mind raising a couple of extra chicks? Thank you for any advice!
Hi Beth. Yes, unfortunately Leawood is one of the places in Johnson County that does not allow chickens (hens). Neither does Overland Park, Westwood, Westwood Hills, or Prairie Village. It seems a shame, as it is a very healthy and unobtrusive thing to have a few backyard hens for egg production, and in your case, it would also be very educational for your daughter. Regarding the school project – the eggs that hatch may turn out to be roosters, and I really only know people who are interested in hens for egg production. If you are in a jam, I could ask a couple people to take the hens off your hands, so just stay in touch once that time comes. Perhaps another even better option would be to ask your meat/egg farmers at the local farmers markets. I would guess they would be happy to take them off your hands if you drive them to their farm. Plus, that would be a fun field trip for your daughter as well. Best of luck to you and your daughter and send us an update once the chicks hatch. 🙂 Sarah
Thanks so much for replying! I like your suggestion of asking around at the farmers’ market- that’s a great idea. I will definitely keep you posted, as you were so kind to reply! I’m finding “chicken people” to be so friendly and helpful.
We are part of the group of people that worked with the city to get an ordinance allowing backyard hens in Roeland Park. We are currently working with people from Prairie Village, Overland Park and Wyandotte county to look at the current codes and work to change them. If you would like to join us, please email so we can connect you with others in your city that want to be able to raise backyard hens.
I would like to learn more to change the ordinance in Kearney Missouri
I have a hearing tomorrow in OP to see if I can get a 1yr special use permit for the 4 hens I have. If you have anywords of wisdom for me please foward asap. I would love to be involved with changing codes.
I believe the folks at My City Hens were behind getting the rules in Roeland Park changed. Perhaps you should contact them to for tips:
I would be willing to get involved and help in any way that I can. I believe we should all have the right to have a small flock of backyard hens with the right yard size. A small flock is clean, they eat bugs and pests, they provide food, and they provide endless benefits to children in the form of education, responsibility training, lessons on life and death, and seeing first hand where food comes from. As long as the coop is maintained, these are completely innocuous pets, and many would argue that they are much cleaner and less harmful/risky than dogs. Good luck with your hearing!
Hi Sheri, I would like to help for Overland Park. I really want hens in my back yard but don’t know where to turn
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I just called Kearney city hall and they said chickens are not allowed in the city limits. What are my steps to changing this ordinance?
I just came across this site and was wondering if you have made any headway with the City of
Kearney regarding keeping chickens. We live in town, and currently have chickens, ducks, and a turkey. We didn’t know it was illegal to have them and one of our neighbors turned us in to the city. I’ve been pouring over the ordinances and have not found one thing in regards to keeping poultry. I’ve left numerous voicemails with different people at city hall, but haven’t received a response. Thanks!
Hi, I was wondering if you have found anything more about keeping chickens in Kearney. I find it ridiculous that Kearney can’t, but Liberty can. I am also interested in finding out about bee keeping as I couldn’t find anything on it either.
I haven’t heard anything about Kearney. If you are in city limits, call the city clerk. If you are in the unincorporated county, call a planner at the county and ask. Hope you can have your flock!
Any idea about Lee’s Summit’s regulations? Thanks!
Grandpa, If you look at Arthur’s recent comment on this post, he indicates, “Lee’s Summit Community and Economic Development Committee will meet Wednesday, November 28th at 6:00pm, with Urban Chickens as an agenda item. They are trying to get a feel for the interest level in modifying the ordinance. Currently there is a 400 ft rule, which puts a damper on most properties.” The city’s website will also have information in the “codes” section. I hope you can get your chicks! -Sarah
Has anyone heard or read anything about chicken ownership in Bonner Springs? I have read through most of their available legal materials and could only find information in regards to cock fighting and pet registration. I would love nothing more than to have 2-3 hens to keep quietly for pleasure and egg collection, but it doesn’t seem worth it if there is going to be a big hubbub about it.
I called the City, and the answer is YES, you can have chickens in Bonner Springs! THey must be at least 40 feet or more from the nearest neighbor dwelling.
Good luck with your chickens, Erika! I’m here if you need any advice.
Does anyone know if the exemption for KCMO passed back in July of 2011? Our yard is only 75′ long so the 100′ rule totally knocks us out. The wife only wants one though. Just started research into raising chicks in our backyard and found this site. Very well done btw! Thanks for any help.
Nathan, Yes, I believe you can as long as you have written approval from the neighbors that you border. You should double check the codes or call the city though. As to just one chicken – they aren’t happy alone. You really need at least 3 or 4 so they can flock together. Plus, chickens don’t live forever and they are prey to many things, so it is nice to have a couple extra just in case 🙂 I hope you get a little flock – best of luck!
For Olathe, is this for all of Olathe? Or just the city? I’m in the county w/ over an acre.
Lees Summit update:
The November meeting proved there was interest enough to have city staff draft possible ordinance modifications. So it is going forward slowly. Next Wednesday, April 17th, the ordinance drafts are agenda item #7:
“An Ordinance Amending Article I In General and Article VI Animal Abuse of chapter 5 Animals of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Lee’s Summit and Creating Article VII – Chickens of Chapter 5 Animals of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Lee’s Summit – Major Mark Taylor, Police Support Services and George Harding, Manager of Animal Control”
Agenda item pushed to next month’s meeting.
May 22, 2013
6:00 p.m. @ City Hall
Economic Development Council is stretching out the vetting process before sending this to the full City Council. They have asked for further information from city staff to be brought back next month. Video of each meeting is online.
EDC voted to send the ordinance to the full board. When that gets scheduled, all the supporters need to come back to meeting.
Proposed ordinances are on the agenda for July 11th.
Ordinance updates voted in at the 7/11 meeting!
Thank you for keeping us updated, Arthur. I watched the vote on the city’s website and reviewed the ordinance and I am so pleased. This is a really impressive and detailed ordinance. I have updated the chicken chart, and written a new blog entry regarding the vote. Thanks again, and congrats. -Sarah
Hi, I just checked the OP regulations and also talked to a woman at the City office and chicken are allowed in Overland Park without restriction if you have 3 acres or more. If you have less than 3 acres, you need to get a special permit. I think the problem in OP is that most neighborhoods have Homeowner’s Associations (HOAs) and those usually don’t allow chickens. See here under Animals: http://www.opkansas.org/city-government/overland-park-municipal-code/… no mention of chickens specifically.
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Sarah, you’re in real estate so maybe you can explain this. If I’m selling my house and the neighbor next door raises chickens, then doesn’t that make my house harder to sell, less desirable and lowers my property value? On certain days of the year I’m sure the smell of chickens is out there for the whole neighborhood.
Thanks for your question. Cities that allow chickens have certain guidelines that residents must meet, otherwise, a complaint may be lodged.In fact, cities generally put a pretty strict cap on the number of chickens allowed, and generally only hens are allowed as well (no roosters). Chickens in such a small flock are actually very easy to maintain and keep clean, and I would say cause much less odor or unsanitary conditions than does a dog or cat. In fact, I have never encountered an unpleasant odor from any backyard coop I have ever seen. Now, I’m sure commercial egg production is a different story as they are tightly confined and kept in huge numbers, but a few backyard hens is no big deal. And, as a bonus, they keep the number of bugs and mosquitoes down.
As to how it relates to real estate, I can only speak from experience and my experience is positive. As a resident of Brookside with four egg-laying hens, I can tell you that my neighbors have embraced our hens; we get many visits from folks of all ages, and kids especially love to visit. In addition, I have sold a home that sat next to a home with backyard hens, and it was a complete non-issue. The home sold within days and no buyers objected.
Clearly, I have much to say on this topic so it is probably best if I continue in an upcoming blog post. Thank you for raising this question, Joe. I think it is a relevant and timely issue, and I can certainly understand why you would ask.
Thank you for the information! Upon researching whether or not we are allowed to have chickens in Parkville, MO… I called the city clerk and she said- No, it’s not allowed. Then having found this post, I thought I would dig some more…. I asked her for the specific ordinance, and here it is:
“SECTION 210.080: SMALL ANIMALS AND FOWL
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain, within five hundred (500) feet of the nearest portion of any dwelling or other building occupied by or in any way used by human beings except for a dwelling occupied by the owner or keeper of such animals, more than fifteen (15) chickens, or other domestic fowl, or more than ten (10) rabbits. No rooster which crows shall be kept within five hundred (500) feet of any residence or dwelling except that of the owner or keeper. No other small animal not heretofore identified shall be kept in such numbers as to create an unhealthful or unsanitary condition. (Ord. No. 964 §8, 8-19-86)”
I am reading this to mean that as long as I have less than 15 hens it is not restricted…. only if you have more than 15 chickens do you need to be sure that they are kept less than 500 feet of any residence. And no roosters are allowed at all.
Interesting that the ordinances can be so confusing and interpreted incorrectly even by those who are supposed to have the information!
SO…. don’t just take it from whoever answers the phone in your city/county…. ask them to look it up for you! Happy backyard chickening everyone!
Thank you for this great info on Parkville, Catherine! I agree – the ordinances in most cities are vague and difficult to interpret. I am encouraged by a brand new ordinance in Lee’s SUmmit which was very detailed, clear and specific regarding backyard chickens, and I am hopeful that more cities will follow suit.
Great informative site! I am currently trying to get the City of Greenwood (Missouri) to adopt the Lee’s Summit chicken ordinance. The city council briefly talked about allowing chickens. Of the two alderman I talked to, they supported the idea but a third opposed the idea; he couldn’t imagine the smell of chickens in the summer and didn’t want to the city to look more “country or hick”.
Did Greenwood ever legalize chickens?
Does anyone know about Grain Valley, MO? I can’t find anything in the ordinances that say no.
anyone know anything about Olathe, Ks? the local tractor supply store sells chicks and all things needed for keeping the birds… i didnt find much on the city site. i spoke with someone last year that gave me the impression that no roosters were allowed and only a small number of hens allowed, but i cant get any clear info. i would love to start raising hens!!
thanks for what you do!!
I’d also like to know about Grain Valley. I am having trouble finding the information on the Grain Valley website, what if there is no code about owning chickens within city limits? Of course it’s not the best website so maybe they just havn’t put the info on it yet. Who would I call to find out about this?
Did you ever find the answer to this question? I’m finding conflicting information.
Can anyone help ? There must be someone out there who will take a rooster that we can’t keep. I know you don’t need but a few if you are going to want chicks. I hate to have to dump him at the pound. I have one 12 week old Leghorn.
hey Joe, have you tried craigslist? i had a rooster and i listed him on craigslist. i had a buyer within a week. i know there are a couple small farms near Lees Summit Mo that are always looking for a couple new birds. i cant have roosters either. so i understand your dilemma. also you may want to try Deanna Rose farmstead in Overland Park, not sure if they take them, but its worth a try. hope this helps.
Thanks, I didn’t think of Craig’s list or the petting zoo’s.
also, one more thought… the fair is in town in Gardner, a lady there said that sometimes you can buy and sell your chickens there. I’m going to check it out this week! i’m hoping to find a new home for a couple young roosters myself! good luck
In Liberty Missouri fowl are allowed as long as they are kept clean. See Miniciple code 4-10 it read:
Sec. 4-10. Keeping poultry generally.permanent link to this piece of content
No person, except as may be permitted by city zoning regulations, shall be permitted to own or have in his possession any live poultry (chickens, ducks, geese, guineas, or turkeys) within the city, unless batteries, poultry equipment and poultry yards are kept clean and sanitary at all times.
The ordinance for Grandview, Mo was updated in 2012 to allow 4 chickens. If you have more than a 1/2 acre, 6 chickens. Must be 20 feet from side, 30 feet from back fence and 20 feet from any structure. Must be kept clean and in enclosed coop and not allowed to free range. See ordinance here: http://www.grandview.org/index.aspx?page=880
Thank you for the update!
I just stumbled across this site and seen that you had posted that there were others who were working on getting animal ordinances changed in Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas Unified Government. I realize this was some time ago but I wondered if anything was changed? If they are still working on it? Were they sucessful? I would be interested in helping if there are still people working on it. I also seen where it refers to special permitting on some animals and I am assuming that would be back yard chickens. Do you know how one would go about applying for a special permit or the procedure you would go through? I seen where it talks about inspections by the commissioner however Im not sure who the “commissioner” they are referring to is? Would it be beneficial to go to a City Council meeting and bring it up and if so, how would I go about getting into thier meeting? If you have any information, I would certainly appreciate it. Thank you for starting this website, its great information for back yard chickens and for addressing other animal ordinances.
So my question is…..Where the heck can you buy chickens?? I live in Lees Summit and every place I look online to buy from there is a minimum order of 15! I found a minimum of 5 but we want an assortment of chickens…not all 5 the same!. Thanks
There are plenty on Craigslist, just about all ages and breeds, you can even get eggs to hatch, but you have to be especially careful when buying animals off of Craigslist, go to place the chickens are kept and make sure their housing is relatively clean, the chickens should be healthy and active, they should have fresh and clean water and food, etc. You can also check the websites of hatcheries in Missouri, like Cackle Hatchery, to see when they will be at a local feedstore with their chicks. You may have to email them for that information but usually they have some type of chart with when and where they will be selling chicks (they drive around different feedstores with many boxes full of different breeds of chicks to sell). There is also usually chicks for sale at most farm and feed stores in the spring around Easter, but usually not a big selection.
hi Meghan, i have bought several rounds of chicks from local feed stores. Heartland Hatchery on FB has several chick days through the spring and summer. check them out to see if they still have any days left in the season for buying chicks. if not i put pullets up on craigslist every 2 months or so. we are a small urban farm and my kids and i love raising chickens. we have also bought several birds on craigslist. of course be careful, but so far i have had great success and actually several of my favorite birds have been from Lees Summit! good luck! and feel free to msg me if you are interested in any pullets! 🙂
There is also the Cackle Hatchery here in Missouri.
Meghan, I buy my chicks on mypetchicken.com I like them because you know you’ll be getting females, and you can choose from many interesting breeds. We’ve had good luck with them, and my chickens are healthy girls.
check with your local extension agent, they usually know people raising chickens and can help you get started. Also, call your local4-H group, they can be great help in locating fertile eggs, chicks or hens.
Thanks, I will look into those ideas. Also there is a Family Center in Harrisonville, Mo that is having a chick day Aug. 9th from noon-2. Heartland Hatchery is attending so hopefully I will find some chicks there….(female) preferably!
I will look into mypetchickens.com I found a site called chickensforbackyards.com that have an minimum order of 3 but their shipping and handling is $50 which I think is ridiculous.
What is an local extension agent?? Thanks
Our extension council is through K-State. Their number is 715-7000. I usually ask for the Agriculture agent to find information. Just let them know you are looking for chickens and they can help with names of people, usually the 4-H poultry leader. You may even just ask for that person’s number or leave your own number to be forwarded.
I’m sorry, I just saw that you are in Missouri. You would need to look up (what ever county you live in) Extension Council. Then explain what you need to them. Sorry I didn’t see what state you lived in first.
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We live in unincorporated Clay County, MO. Who makes the determination as to regulations on chickens in our area? Our mailing address is Kearney, MO, if that makes a difference.
I don’t exactly know, but I can tell you my experience with Johnson County, KS… Unincorporated areas of Johnson County are ruled by county regulations (regardless of address). A planner who knew about zoning laws was able to help me there. I would suggest calling Clay County government, and asking to speak with someone who can tell you about animal regulations and zoning. Good luck!
Sara, I can’t believe you are still on top of this post so wonderfully. This information is so great to have in one place. I am the admin for our local KC Homestead Hookup Facebook group and am passing this information along to our members, many of whom live within residential areas. For those looking for specific types of chickens, we can “hook you up.” We have a few breeders of Marans, and have a wealth of experience as a resource for new flock tenders.
You can have 5 chickens in liberty, with no neighbor approval needed. Zero roosters are allowed. I have chickens in liberty.
I wanted to update that Liberty, MO now allows up to 6 chickens within the city. You must have a permit, and follow other guidelines.
I was wondering if there is any way at all that I could get a permit to own chickens in prairie village. Is there some loophole I don’t know about?
Ava, I think not. Sadly, your town and most parts of Joco are very strict on poultry laws and rarely make exceptions.
Hello everyone. Any info on keeping a small flock of hens in Kearney, Missouri? Any talks in the works for allowing egg layers. Thank you so much!!!
Any info on how to maybe start some talks with the city on this issue would be appreciated. Thanks again.
I am interesred in North Overkand Park. Woundering if anyone else tried , and what reasons were given if denied. Saw comment on nextdoor app. Apprciate your work Sarah.
Do you know if Grain Valley allows chickens and how many? We were thinking of buying to start out. Thanks.
Does anybody know if Raytown allows more than four pets if you own more than an acre?
Not much mention about us southern Johnson County peeps, Any news on the Spring Hill, Ks area???
I don’t believe I have spoken with Spring Hill. But here are Johnson County’s chicken regulations:
Acutally, I just found this in the Spring Hill Municipal Codes:
I read the commnets and it looks like Grain Valley’s questions werent answered. Maybe I missed your reply. I also tried to look through the city ordiances and was unable to find out how many chickens you can have. Can you help me? Thank you in advance.
Rachel, Nope, I can’t find it either. If I were you, I’d call the city and ask about codes governing fowl: (816) 847-6220. Please let me know what you find out!
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I have always found it somewhat interesting that for some reason the city of BS doesn’t allow its residents to own a chicken, yet the local farm store (within the city limits) is allowed to sell them, and even the city’s local elementary schools are allowed to raise baby chicks. If it is against the BS law to have chickens within the city, then why is the local store allowed to sell them and BS schools allowed to raise them? If chickens are such a terrible thing, then ban them completely. As for having chickens, I see no reason why they are not allowed. I have friends in a neighbor city that raise chickens, and I enjoy watching the chickens (their very friendly) and receiving their fresh eggs. As far as I know, they have never bitten anyone, they don’t bark all hours of the night, and I’ve never noticed a foul odor. Then again, I’m talking about the city of BS (Blue Springs or Bull Sh$t, you choose).
Hi I was wondering if they have passed the law for Kansas City Kansas. I’m wanting to raise 6 hens, thanks
I’m looking for some quality Brown Leghorns anybody have any?