Backyard Hens 101- A workshop in the District of North Vancouver

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Backyard Hens 101

Tuesday, Mar 6, 2018
6:00pm – 8:00pm
District Hall, Room B
355 West Queens Road

Are you interested in keeping backyard hens, but not sure how to get started?

Please join us for “Backyard Hens 101,” a how-to workshop being presented in partnership with the North Shore Black Bear Society and the Canadian Liberated Urban Chicken Klub (CLUCK).

What you’ll learn at this workshop

At this workshop, you’ll learn basic hen keeping. You’ll also learn how to set up electric fencing around your coop and run — a permit requirement — from Frank Ritcey, the Provincial WildSafe BC Coordinator.

The workshop is free, but we ask that you register in advance.

Register for the Workshop!

DNV Public Hearing on Backyard Hens

Its time for the next step toward getting this bylaw passed! We need your support ASAP!

A Public Hearing for the proposed bylaw to allow for backyard hens will be held on Tuesday May 16, 2017.

  • What: District of North Vancouver Public Hearing on Backyard Hens
  • When: Tuesday, May 16, 2017 – 7pm
  • Where: District Hall
    355 West Queens Road
    North Vancouver
  • Why: To make our voices of support heard!
We apologize for any miscommunication regarding our progress; this has been an evolving process.  We had been lead to believe that the public input collected via the DNV website would be the final step in council’s deliberation on this issue.  Further to the council meeting of April 10, we were advised that a formal Public Hearing process would be required.
Your support for this coming Public Hearing is essential.  It would be great to have your support in person on Tuesday May 16th, however we have been advised that written letters hold the same “weight” as voicing your support in person.  If you cannot attend on May 16th please write your mayor and council to voice your support.
We have also been advised that all previous correspondence gathered from the DNV website will not be submitted for consideration in this Public Hearing, so it is imperative that you resubmit your letter of support now.
Your letter of support can be as simple as an email stating “I NAME, reside at ADDRESS. I am a resident of the DNV and I support the proposed bylaw to allow for the keeping of backyard hens.”

Please provide a written submission of your support now, to the Public Hearing via email and cc your Mayor and Council.  Contact details have been provided below.  

Public Hearing <>
Richard Walton <>
Roger Bassam <>
Robin Hicks <>
Dough MacKay-Dunn <>
Lisa Muri <>
Matthew Bond <>
Jim Hanson <>
For further details on the process of this Public Hearing please review the District Notice.

The DNV Vote is Happening!

This is it! The big moment is here!
The District of North Vancouver Council will be making their last and final vote on a proposed hen bylaw during the council meeting on Monday April 10.

We need as much support as we can get… lets show council we’re serious and fill those seats!  And if you are feeling courageous, support us by speaking up during the public input period.  Please get their early as spots are limited.

What: District of North Vancouver Council Meeting
When: Monday, April 10, 2017 – 7pm
Signup for public input begins at 6:30pm
Where: District Hall
355 West Queens Road
North Vancouver
Why: To support the final vote on backyard hens in the District!

Happy Year of the Rooster!

We are wishing you and your hens the very best for the new year!

2016 was a great year with developments in both the District of West Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver.

The District of West Vancouver adopted a hen bylaw in Spring of 2016.  For further details about the bylaw please refer to the DWV website.

CLUCK re-presented our bylaw proposal in delegation to the District of North Vancouver, with positive response from council.  We are currently working to support the staff through the draft bylaw development and public hearing processes.  We will need your help to demonstrate support for this bylaw amendment by attending the public hearing or contacting your council to express your support.  We will keep you informed as the date for this process is scheduled.

Chicken Coops for Christmas 2015

Todd Major of the North Shore News listed Chicken Coop’s as a great Christmas gifts for gardeners.

“Another interesting gift idea comes from a friend of mine that lives out in the valley. He asked his wife for a chicken coop for Christmas. A few years ago I wouldn’t have considered a chicken coop as a gift for an urban city dweller. But the times are a changing and the urban farming revolution has changed attitudes and municipal bylaws. Chicken coops can be bought as pre-fabricated kits allowing the person receiving the gift to enjoy chicken husbandry and fresh, antibiotic-free eggs.”

See more … 

2015 North Shore Coop Tour

CLUCK Coop Tour 2015Please Join us!
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Tour from 2-5 pm
Dinner and Social at 6 pm, Light refreshments will be provided.
RVSP to get your map!

Come satisfy your curiosity and check out some carefully crafted coops!  Whether you are part of the CLUCK community or just curious, come find out more about keeping chickens, connect with other chicken owners, and have some fun.  All ages welcome!

This event is totally free thanks to our sponsors: the North Shore Neighbourhood House and The Vancouver Foundation.

Chickens in West Vancouver

Our neighbours to the West in the the District of West Vancouver, are in process of considering a bylaw to allow backyard hens.  The issue is due to be presented to council on Monday, October 12, 2015.  Please feel free to attend the meeting if you would like to show your support.

Poultry Lice and Mites

Just like cats and dogs, chickens can become pray to pesky parasites like fleas, lice and mites.  Regular cleaning and maintenance of your coop, and the use of diatomaceous earth and wood ash in bedding and dust baths, are a few preventative measures that are very effective.  Inspections of each hen and the coop should also be done regularly, to determine the condition of your flock and address issues quickly before they become a problematic infestation or risk the health of your birds.

Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick, list some of the common signs of any type of mite or lice infestation: dirty-looking vent feathers, decreased activity or listlessness, pale comb, changes in appetite, a drop in egg production, weight loss, feather-pulling, bald spots, redness or scabs on the skin, dull, ragged-looking feathers and spotting the bugs or nits on the chicken.

If you spot a problem with your flock, there is a range of treatment options from natural home remedies to mild pesticides.  Whether natural or chemical, any substance that kills insects should be used with caution both for our own safety as well as the safety of beneficial insects and our environment.  Chemical treatments require an egg withholding period of 2 to 30 days after application, so be sure to educate yourself on the product you choose to use.

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Common Problems with Egg Yolks


Problems with egg yolks can be confusing and leave you wondering if it’s natural or not? When you crack your eggs open, are there odd bloody spots? Are the yolks white, or maybe there are two yellow yolks? All of these issues with the egg yolks have to do with the age of your chicken, the breed of the chicken, and how healthy they are. Your chickens eggs are an indicator as to illnesses, and certain age problems. Listed here is a few common problems with egg yolks, to help you indicate what you should do to alleviate the issues as well as if it’s normal or not.


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Double Yolks


Double yolks can be caused by the breed of the chicken. They can also because caused by hormone introduction that causes them to ovulate faster than what they should. Double yolks also form naturally as a result of twins in a egg. The yolk splits in two inside the egg.


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Blood spots in the Yolk


Drastic temperature changes can cause blood spots in the eggs. Also when chickens have certain respiratory illnesses, and when they become old can cause blood spots.


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Yolk-less eggs


When chickens are to young to ovulate sometimes they lay eggs with no yolks. Know also as fairy eggs or witch eggs. Also when hens do not lay for long periods of time over the winter. The first eggs that come in the spring sometimes end up with no yolks.


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White Yolks


White Yolks are caused by poor nutrition, worms, parasites, and unknown illnesses.


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Spotted or Blotched eggs


Eggs that are blotched or mottled, are caused by dewormers and some medications given to chickens when they are sick. It can also be caused by a calcium deficiency, or if the egg is rotten. Also if the chickens have eaten cotton seed meal.


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Healthy Egg yolks will be a dark yellow to deep orange colored, the whites should be clear and the yolks yellow and white should be thick. The more yellow or orange looking the yolks are the higher the yolks are in proteins and Omega Fatty Acids.

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