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!

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.

A $3,000 NV Chicken Roost to Call Home

David Adair’s chickens likely won’t be flying their coop.

If one can call their $3,000 custom-made, cedar-sided, insulated henhouse a coop, that is.

Indeed, the Adairs have considered dubbing it the Chicken Palace. Or maybe the Little Spruce Coop. Or even the Blackfish Chicken Shack.

“It’s located in our front yard so we wanted to make sure it was esthetically pleasing as well functional for the chickens themselves,” said Adair, owner of Blackfish Homes in North Vancouver. “They seem pretty happy in there.”

It’s not surprising.

The five-foot-high coop, in the front yard at Westview and Larsen Street in North Vancouver, is like a luxury laneway house for chickens.

Elevated 18 inches above the gravel drive, the 4.5-foot by 5.5-foot coop is constructed of cedar planks and is topped by a green roof — a wooden garden bed stuffed with pots of dill, lettuce, bok choy and flowers — to help keep the inside of the coop cooler in summer and warmer in winter and prevent the chickens, dogs and raccoons from eating the spoils.

A black, powder-coated aluminum frame surrounds the chicken run outside with a another garden bed at the foot for more plants or vines that will come after Adair adds a Plexiglas shield to prevent the hens from pecking at it.

A ladder allows the chickens to get from the run outside to the door leading into the henhouse, which has fully insulated, painted pine walls, a straw-covered floor, three laying boxes and roosting bars.

A cage underneath the bars prevents the chicken poo from falling on the ground, keeping the coop fairly clean. And the space under the main living quarters allows the chickens to get some fresh air, along with food and water, when it’s raining or cold outside.

There’s even maid service of sorts: A big door in the back allows the Adairs to get into the coop and tidy up, while a side door allows their three-year-old son to pop in and collect the eggs.


By Kelly Sinoski, Vancouver Sun
June 9, 2014


Breed Selection

5834420305_2de19277dcChicken breeds vary greatly in traits worth considering when selecting your own backyard flock.  The Henderson’s Chicken Breed Chart is a thorough and recommended resource.

Egg Qualities and Production
Egg qualities such as size and colour, along with the frequency, reliability and duration of peak egg production, are obvious considerations in breed selection for a backyard flock of laying hens.  While these traits are important, there are many other, perhaps less obvious, traits to consider.

Breeds range in social temperament from very tame and cuddly to aloof and flighty.  Handling your chickens regularly, hand-feeding treads and/or hand-raising chicks will improve socialization in all breeds. Breeds that are on the aloof and flighty end of the spectrum are often better adapted to free ranging because they will tend to alarm quickly and flee from predators. Breeds on the tame and cuddly end of the spectrum are generally less reactive to environmental stresses and may better tolerate confinement.

As our bylaws in the City of North Vancouver do not allow for free-ranging hens but rather keeping hens contained and protected at all times within an enclosed run, a selection of breeds that tolerate confinement well may be more desirable to ensure the health and happiness of your flock.

Environmental Compatibility
Vancouver winters are usually fairly mild, long, dark and wet; our summers are fairly mild and short.  Considering the environment while selecting breeds, and choosing breeds that are well suited to local conditions, can translate to a flock that is easy to maintain without a lot of extra care. If you were to select breeds that are commonly raised in the tropics, for example, they will require extra consideration such as a sheltered run, or an insulated and perhaps heated coop.

Purpose: Layers, Broilers, Fryers and Roasters
For obvious reasons, breeds developed for meat are often referred to as broilers, fryers or roasters; and they are generally larger, heavier birds.  Breeds developed for egg production are referred to as layers; and are typically lighter, leaner birds. Certain breeds meeting both criteria may be referred to as hybrids. In breed selection, bear in mind that meat birds will generally consume greater quantities of feed.  Layers will be more economical eaters, if only slightly.

For Show
Your interest in breed selection may be the chickens’ varied, unique or rare physical traits.  Some fancier breeds may be very high maintenance as far as chickens go, but as small flock owners, we can afford to be picky with our birds, providing we are willing to make the effort to meet their special needs.  You may also consider joining a local poultry fanciers association or attend poultry shows or fairs.

Links and Resources

The 10 Things to Know About Keeping a Chicken Coop

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The 10 Things to Know About Keeping a Chicken Coop
Teresa Goff /BC Living

Image credit: Flickr/Open Gate Farms

After all of last year’s headlines, Vancouver’s Chicken Bylaw doesn’t seem to have ruffled too many feathers

Backyard chickens made the media cluck with headlines last year in the lead-up to Vancouver’s chicken bylaw enacted on June 8th, 2010.

Now, a year later, only 25 chicken licences have been issued by Vancouver’s City Hall, according to Tom Hammel, the Assistant Director & Deputy Chief Licence Inspector who oversees the management of Licensing & Animal Control at The City of Vancouver. In fact, there have only been seven chicken complaints since the bylaw was enacted.

But those numbers could be misleading. The Chicken Coop Co-op Forum, for example, has 78 members.

Brush up on your hen how-to in Chicken 101

“I encourage people to get a licence,” says Duncan Martin, a Vermont-native who started keeping chickens when he was a kid. Martin gives Chicken 101 workshops at Strathcona Community Centre.

This list is gleaned from Martin’s chicken insights at the most recent workshop so check in with the Strathcona Community Centre to register for the next class: (604) 713-1838.

Ten things you should know before starting a chicken coop

  1. You can only keep four hens—no roosters. Hens are for egg-laying purposes only and you can’t buy chicks because chicks can turn out to be roosters. When you go to get your hens, Martin says to purchase pullets, which are four to six months old.
  2. Yes, hens lay eggs without the help of a rooster. Female chickens produce eggs whether or not a male fertilizes them. But all animals have instincts and chickens can get “broody”, which manifests as a motherly desire to sit on and hatch her eggs.
  3. Broody hens don’t contribute to egg count, which can bring down productivity. Martin says you can avoid this by collecting your eggs daily.
  4. You can count on a productive, healthy hen laying about five to six eggs a week. This should last from about six months to five years of age, but depends on the breed. Martin says to do your research before buying a breed.
  5. Each breed has its own temperament, laying capacity, weather hardiness etc. Some are egg layers and some are ornamental. Others are meat birds. Ameraucanas are hearty in all climates, lay blue/green eggs and rate “average” in the “broodiness” column in a breed chart found on
  6. To buy laying hens, Martin suggests joining VillageVancouver to find postings from local members. Or you put “chickens for sale” into a search on Craigslist to find Fraser Valley farmers selling chickens. Free range Brown Layers in Abbotsford were going for $3 each on May 11th. Or try the Fraser Valley Auctions in Langley. They’ve been selling livestock for 25 years.
  7. Before you get your “gals”, get a licence first. They are free—just go to the City’s online registry. Be advised that you will have to review the city’s regulations and hen care documents like Bird Health Basics.
  8. Bird health has to do with pests and predators—you have to ensure protection from both. Martin gives good tips on how to make a coop that will keep your chickens safe from urban predators, plus he has some ideas about mites, fresh water and what to do while you’re away on vacation.
  9. If your birds do get sick, you’re left with a choice. Vets, like Night Owl, service birds but they are expensive, and Vancouver’s City bylaw does not allow for slaughter within the city limits.
  10. If you want to meet the backyard chickens of East Vancouver, you can join Velopalooza’s Tour de Coop, June 7th, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. Stopping at 10 different coops in the Grandview-Woodlands neighbourhood, Colleen Kimmett organized the ride as a way to learn more about backyard chickening. The ride begins and ends at 1831 McSpadden Avenue.

Backyard chicken policies in other cities

And just a note to those that think keeping chickens is a lark; New York City, Chicago, Portland and Seattle allow backyard hens. Closer to home, chickens can be kept in North Vancouver Township, Delta, Port Coquitlam (as long as they are not ‘at large’), Victoria, Surrey and Maple Ridge.


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 ok’s Backyard chicken coops

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City ok’s Backyard chicken coops
Jeremy Shepherd /North Shore News

Image credit: North Shore News

THE chickens have come home to roost in the City of North Vancouver.

City residents can now keep as many as eight hens for personal use. Roosters remain prohibited and the hens cannot be slaughtered.

Hen-keeping is permitted in single unit residential zones that wrap around the city in a horseshoe shape and house approximately 20 per cent of city residents.

The change in bylaws will likely mean between 20 and 30 chicken coops in the city, according to city staff.

There is no registration or mandatory inspections for residents hoping to enjoy fresh eggs.

“Personally, I would be very excited to start keeping backyard hens,” said city resident Jeff Stacy.

Stacy said harvesting eggs would be an ideal activity to share with his son. The notion of letting chickens spread their wings in North Vancouver was spearheaded by the Canadian Liberated Urban Chicken Klub, who made a poultry appeal to change the city bylaws last April.

“I really appreciate that CLUCK brought this forward,” said Coun. Craig Keating.

Allowing the hens is part and parcel of the expansion of urban agriculture, according to Keating.

The bylaw revisions passed 5-2, with Couns. Don Bell and Guy Heywood opposed.

“I still have concerns about the potential for predators accessing these pens,” Bell said. “There’s coyotes, there’s raccoons, there’s skunks who would be attracted to these.”

The coops would be a better fit in a more rural area, according to Bell, who said he was more concerned with possible predators and the nuisance to neighbours than with health risks.

Predators should not be a problem, according to Mayor Darrell Mussatto, who has previously said the city is shielded by its geography.

“One advantage we have on the North Shore is we are surrounded by the district. Most bears, to get at these hens, would have to go through the district,” he said.

Allowing city residents to take in feathered friends before other cities have worked the kinks out of their backyard chicken programs is a mistake, according to Coun. Guy Heywood.

“I’d love to see this come back next year rather than this year,” he said.

Watching the way similar cities deal with backyard chickens will allow North Vancouver to avoid other municipality’s mistakes, according to Heywood.

“I’m quite willing to let this go ahead,” said Coun. Rod Clark.

The new bylaws may need to be rescinded or amended in the future, but for now, the city should bring on the hens, according to Clark.

Backyard chickens are a kinder alternative to the factoryfarmed birds in Abbotsford and Chilliwack, according to Ann Pacey, one of the directors of Village Vancouver, another group to advocate for backyard chickens to be permitted on the North Shore.

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

Ready for the Soup Pot?

Certainly the majority of urban backyard hen owners are interested in fun and entertaining pets who provide a really great service in payment for being well loved!  The frequent or regular slaughter of hens for the purpose of meat is not something we are all comfortable with.  However unfortunate, the occasion may arise when it is appropriate or necessary to cull your backyard flock.

As urban hen keepers, many of us have no experience or desire to acquire experience in the preforming of humane slaughter; nor can the urban environment be recommended as an appropriate setting for the safe and sanitary preparation of hens for consumption.  So what options do you have?

  • Several local veterinarians treat chickens; and where appropriate, they will euthanize hens for a fee.  While this options is certainly what we recommend as the safest and kindest option, it does render your hens as inedible.

Dr. Anne McDonald
Night Owl Bird Hospital
1669 West 3rd Ave, Vancouver

Dr. Sharon Prus
King George Animal Hospital
902 – 7380 King George Highway, Surrey

Dr. Linda Schild and Dr. Michelle Levesque
Kennedy Heights Animal & Bird Hospital
8614 – 120th Street, Surrey

Dr. Adrian Walton
Dewdney Animal Hospital
11965 – 228th Street, Maple Ridge

Dr. Willem Zwamborn
Albatross Veterinary Services
45 – 216th Street, Langley

  • The BC Centre for Disease Control list of provincially licensed meat processors has published, as of July 31, 2012, the following poultry processors in the Greater Vancouver and Fraser Valley areas.

Stephen W.M. Lau
Fairline Development Canada (1992) Ltd
2391 Vauxhall Place, Richmond

Abe Falk
Fraser Valley Duck & Goose Farm
4540 Simmons Road, Chilliwack

Public to Have Say on City-Dwelling Chickens in North Vancouver

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Public to Have say on city-dwelling chickens

Brent Richter/North Shore News

Image Source: Mike Wakefield , North Shore News

CITY of North Vancouver residents will soon have their say on whether they want to share their neighbourhoods with chickens.

Council gave first reading to two bylaws Monday night that would allow backyard chickens on properties with single-family homes. Council will gauge the community’s opinion on matter at a public hearing to be held this fall.If approved, residents will be allowed to keep up to eight hens in backyard coops. Selling their eggs or slaughtering them would be prohibited, and roosters would remain personae non grata.

The changes come at the request of the North Vancouver chapter of Canadian Liberated Urban Chicken Klub, or CLUCK, which made a presentation to council in April.

Outside the meeting, a half-dozen CLUCK members celebrated the small victory.

“We’re happy about it. We’ve been working at it for over a year, so it’s nice to have a response,” said Stephanie Imhoff, CLUCK member. “Our group just thinks it’s a great addition to the urban landscape.”

After hearing from the group’s delegation in April, council requested a staff report with more detailed information on how the city would regulate hens and address issues around health risks and bylaw enforcement.

“I still have some concerns, but I believe this is the kind of thing that should have the benefit of input from the public,” Coun. Don Bell said at Monday’s meeting.

While there is a worry that the chickens, their feed and their coops could draw predators and scavengers, city chickens would be largely shielded from that, Mayor Darrell Mussatto said.

“One advantage we have on the North Shore is we are surrounded by the district. Most bears, to get at these hens, would have to go through the district,” he said.

According to staff’s report, only about 60 Vancouver residents signed up to keep coops when that municipality allowed hens in 2010. Vancouver expects roughly the same number to raise chickens without properly registering.

Only about 20 per cent of residents in the City of North Vancouver live on single-family lots, meaning staff expect very few to take part in chicken rearing.