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!

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!

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.

Chickens in West Vancouver

Lets show support for our neighbors to the West!  West Vancouver is in process for a backyard hen bylaw.

District of West Vancouver Hen Bylaw Process


Until 2008, the District of West Vancouver allowed the keeping of backyard chickens (hens only). Since 2008, the keeping of backyard chickens has been prohibited.

At a recent Council Meeting, some members of the community made a request to keep chickens (hens only) in their backyards. Council directed staff to gather information and report back. Staff provided an Information Report to Council on May 25, 2015, recommending a brief public consultation to gather input from residents and community groups.

How to Participate

Please take a moment to share your opinion about this initiative by taking the survey at the link below. You will be asked to register and given the option to post your survey on the public forum, or share it with staff off-forum.

Next Steps

We are collecting input from members of the community during June and July. Staff will review feedback from the community and report back to Council in the fall with recommendations and next steps.

** Take the Survey! **

The City of North Vancouver: Urban Chicken Keeping

The City of North Vancouver: Urban Chicken Keeping
Alex Kurnicki/ The City of North Vancouver

Image credit: Alex Kurnicki

Welcome potential and current chicken keepers in the City of North Vancouver!
On September 17th, 2012, Council passed amendments to the Zoning and Small Creatures Bylaw permitting the keeping of chickens (hens only) in the City of North Vancouver.A summary of the conditions under which City residents are permitted to keep chickens are summarized as follows:

  • Only residents living in Single Unit Presidential (OCP-R1) zoned dwellings are permitted to keep chickens
  • Residents are permitted to keep up to 8 hens
  • No roosters are permitted
  • No sale of eggs or slaughter of chickens permitted
  • Residents must follow Urban Chicken Guidelines (see link below) for the proper care and housing of chickens
  • Minimize the risk of predation and foraging by bears, coyotes, skunks, rats and raccoons through proper and secure pen and coop construction
  • Secure feed to eliminate the risk of pest intrusion and spoilage
  • Follow applicable bylaws (see link below)
  • No permits are required

Urban Chicken Guidelines

The Guidelines are intended to provide an introduction and general overview for the care of your chickens. They are not intended to be the only information prospective chicken keepers should review and consider to keep chickens. Prospective keepers are encouraged to seek out other web resources, books and shared experience from other keepers. For example, plans for coop designs are available on the Internet or from books. Residents are encouraged to encouraged to contact fellow chicken owners through Canadian Liberated Urban Chicken Klub (CLUCK) North Vancouver to find out information on upcoming courses and to exchange information.

Document Links


City of North Vancouver Public Hearing on Chickens

City of North Vancouver Public Hearing on the Zoning Bylaw amendment and Small Creatures Limitation Bylaw amendment
Monday, September 17, 2012, 7PM
City Hall, 141 West 14th Street
North Vancouver

If you feel comfortable addressing council, we encourage you to show support by sharing your opinion.  The intent of the Public Hearing is to give all members of the public a reasonable opportunity to present their point of view, to offer suggestions, and to indicate support or concerns.  Once the public hearing has concluded, no further information or submissions can be considered by council.  If time permits the same evening or at the next available open meeting, the proposed changes will be brought forward for second or third and final reading under the Bylaw section of the Council Agenda.

Don’t forget to wear your CLUCK buttons if you have them; we will also have stickers available for those of you who do not.

Let’s pack the audience!

Public Hearing details and CNV draft of the amended bylaws

Looking to Legalize Chickens in Your Community?

If you are feeling up to the challenge of legalizing chickens in your own community, here is a little advice based on our experience.

Start Talking
Tell your friends, family, coworkers and anyone who will listen, about what you want to do.  There is strength in numbers, so get a group together to share the workload and spread the word.

Local Government and the Bylaw Amendment Proposal Process
Contact your local government to inquire what the formal process for proposing a bylaw amendment is.  If you are not already familiar with your local government, start to familiarize yourself with who represents you.  Consider attending council meetings.  Educate yourself with individual mayor and council member platforms to help gauge the individual level of support for your proposal.  Review the official community plan or other policy statements, sustainability plans, and community strategies that define the long term vision for your community and state objectives and policies that guide government planning and decisions.  Quoting your government’s own objectives in your proposal is an effective demonstration of your support of them as well as your interest in developing the community.

Contact local groups, clubs and organizations that will likely support you’re cause, and provide them with some information of a brief fact-sheet.  We approached sustainability, permaculture, urban agriculture and transition networks, as well as food related organizations, garden clubs and a local educational farm.  You may not only be able to take advantage of their existing membership to increase your own, but the opinion of established organizations may carry an influential amount of weight as far as local government is concerned.

Research and Writing
Other municipalities have worn the path for you; take a look at what they have done.  Draw from existing successful models in the development of your own bylaw amendment proposal.  Focus specifically on cities in proximity to you and those with similar concerns, climate, landscape and urban/rural composition.  Don’t get lost in personal opinion, stick to the facts.  Demonstrate all the benefits and address primary concerns directly and honestly.  Take a look at a summary table of key provisions in our bylaw amendment proposal to the City and District of North Vancouver.

Play Nice
Be respectful and share your own perspective without judging or attacking the perspective of others.  Be professional, polite, helpful and open when representing yourself and your cause.  Don’t forget that council has a job to do in representing their constituents fairly and with due diligence; its difficult, if not impossible, to please everyone!  A polite, honest and direct approach should gain the respect of council and could influence their final decision.

Be a Resource, Create Community
Support the process of a bylaw amendment, start to finish, by promoting community development.  Start a website, facebook page, meetup, club or coop tour to facilitate communication and education.  Become a resource by sharing information.  Take a look at some of the support documents and resources we share on our Links and Resources page.

Signatures of Support
There are several options to provide proof to local government, of how how much interest and support there is for your cause.  Because not all support campaigns carry equal weight, you will need to gauge just how necessary proof of support is, when to provide it and which method is the most effective for your situation.  Consider paper petitions; online petitions; a citizen letter writing campaigns to mayor and council; letters of support by local leaders and big-wigs; or endorsements from local groups, clubs and organizations.

Wielding the Media
Media can be a powerful thing to wield!  Be cognoscente of how and when you choose to use it; for all the positive attention it can bring to your cause, it can bring an equal amount of negative.

North Shore Table Matters Network: Proposed Food Charter and Food Policy Council

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North ShoreTable Matters Network: Proposed Food Charter and Food Policy Council
Margaret Broughton /

In recent months and years, municipal councils have seen an increasing number of delegations and had requests from a range of community groups around food ranging from community gardens, to bees, to urban farms to municipal green waste. CNV Council has committed to developing a Food Security and Urban Agriculture Strategy – we would like to support this process and assist the city in meeting this commitment.

NS Table Matters is a network of people interested in urban agriculture, food security and sustainable food systems on the North Shore. We support the adoption of a North Shore Food Charter and the creation of a North Shore Food Policy Advisory Council to support the development of effective and comprehensive food policy on the North Shore.

The Table Matters Network brings together people from the community, local businesses, local government, community organizations, schools and are contributing to growing a sustainable food system on the North Shore.  We hope to broaden the discussion around food from a focus simply on urban agriculture to include all aspects of the food system (i.e. procurement, waste, transportation, local processing, access).

Food Policy Council

A Food Policy Council is made up of stakeholders from across the food system that can provide policy recommendations, feedback and take action in the community. It is an effective way for north shore municipal staff to get the support and input on policies under development, and in other jurisdictions has proven to be a very productive group of volunteers and a great opportunity for civic engagement. Creating a food policy council or advisory body is an effective, low cost way to ensure that North Shore municipalities are moving forward effectively in this new policy area.

Currently, there are 25 municipalities across the country that have created advisory bodies around food to help municipalities move forward in this emerging area. (see attached paper by Wendy Mendes for additional information on Food Policy Councils)

Food Charter

A Food Charter is a high level policy tool that combines a vision statement, principals and broad action goals that guides future policy work. Having a shared statement across North Shore Municipalities will provide a strong framework to support the innovative work already happening in this sector. (see City of Vancouver Food Charter, attached)

Both establishing a North Shore Food Policy Council and developing a North Shore Food Charter would also support the work happening around the Metro Vancouver Food Policy Document  while at the same time helping the municipality to achieve commitments that have already been made.


Chicken-keeping Bylaw Possible

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Chicken-keeping Bylaw Possible-
council told keeping the birds is like having a pet that pays dividends

Benjamin Alldritt / The Vancouver Sun

Image credit: Stuart Davis, Png, North Shore News

The City of North Vancouver is getting cracking on a new bylaw allowing residents to keep chickens.Council voted unanimously to instruct staff to study the issue following a presentation Monday from the Canadian Liberated Urban Chicken Klub, or CLUCK.Lianne Shyry told council her group has 25 chapters across Canada, and backyard chicken-keeping has seen success in Vancouver, New Westminster, Saanich, Portland, Victoria and New York.

“Chickens are pets as well as a wonderful egg source,” Shyry said, adding that the birds could also further the city’s goals in terms of sustainability, food security, education and community building.

Shyry said chickens provide valuable insight for children and adults into where their food comes from as well as being enjoyable pets.

“What other pet delivers a return on your investment?” she asked. Chickens might not be the smartest birds in the shed, Shyry conceded, but their behaviour is entertaining.

Coun. Pam Bookham asked Shyry if chickens would attract predators, the main concern raised when a similar proposal couldn’t take flight in West Vancouver in 2009.

Shyry said a coop won’t necessarily attract other animals if the chicken feed is locked up, the coop is regularly cleaned and secured with sufficient wire mesh, including some underground to block burrowing creatures. Maplewood Farm, she pointed out, has kept chickens near areas that bears, cougars and coyotes are known to frequent, without incident.