This site is the creation of Shannon Howard, owner of the unique St. Louis real estate blog, STL Homes With Soul.
As Shannon has worked with clients over the past few years, more and more of them are asking if they can keep chickens on their property. Urban farming and the whole green lifestyle has really taken off lately. With the prices of modern conveniences rising drastically, people are opting in to starting their own “grocery store” right in their backyard. Urban farming is popular because you can live the eco lifestyle while still being in the heart of the city, close to work, schools, and civilization.
Another perk of raising your own backyard chickens is that you know the source of the eggs! You’re responsible for what they eat, how they live and how they’re treated. The waste produced by chickens can also be used to fertilize your garden and give it a nutrient boost.
Researching this site was no easy task, but we’ve done our best to compile all the information you need. Reading ordinance codes and bylaws is very difficult at times, unless you’re a lawyer or council person. For each municipality, we’ve pinpointed the main details you need to know, while we’ve also linked to the actual code so you can read it to further clarify anything. If you’re still unsure of the code or if none is listed, we suggest calling or visiting that specific municipality. Laws change all the time, so please, just to be safe, check with your municipality for further clarification.
Things to look forward to in the future:
- Facebook page
- T-shirts, stickers and more!
- Urban Chicken Farmer of the Month (with articles & photos)
We hope you enjoy this site and find what you need to get going with your chickens.