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 <input@dnv.org>
Richard Walton <rwalton@dnv.org>
Roger Bassam <rbassam@dnv.org>
Robin Hicks <rhicks@dnv.org>
Dough MacKay-Dunn <Dmackay-dunn@dnv.org>
Lisa Muri <lmuri@dnv.org>
Matthew Bond <Mbond@dnv.org>
Jim Hanson <jhanson@dnv.org>
For further details on the process of this Public Hearing please review the District Notice.

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.”

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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


Chickens get to stay in Kamloops yard — for now

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — A coop of hens will cluck away for a while after city council in Kamloops, B.C., agreed to delay enforcing its animal-control bylaw for at least a year.

Lyann Wourms has kept the six chickens on her property in the Heffley Creek area for more than a year — until one of her neighbours started blaming them for “causing a stink.”

Wourms said that was around the same time that a nearby farm started fertilizing.

She appeared before council on Tuesday, asking for more time to relocate her chickens, which she said would need to be slowly introduced to a new flock.

Instead, council voted 5-3 to let her keep the chickens until the city finishes its Urban Agricultural Plan.

Coun. Tina Lange, who voted in favour, pointed out the city suspended enforcement for a backyard bee-keeper in 2012 when it became clear the city was likely to change its rules on bees.

She said the chickens, which Wourms keeps behind a tree near Crown land at the edge of her property, aren’t likely to cause a disturbance.

“There’s so many people that have chickens in their backyard and because they’re quiet, unobtrusive and don’t make any smell we don’t get complaints.”

The Urban Agriculture Plan, due in spring of 2015, will provide recommendations about backyard and commercial food production in the city, including chickens.

Read More… Chickens get to stay in Kamloops yard — for now.
The Province, May 14, 2014

Getting to the Butt of the Problem- Chicken Diapers?

/ The Natural Poultry Farming Guide


I’ve seen it all now!  You can now buy a certain accoutrement which enables you to keep your chicken in the house with you.  No more being banished to the hen house!  What is it I hear you ask?  Well, it is quite simply, a chicken diaper!

With a Chicken Diaper, your chicken can now be a house pet and mingle with the family! Chicken Diapers are extremely easy to put on chickens and easy to wash too. Chickens made great pets but their gentle nature combined with chicken diapers allows for them to become a member of the family and hang out on the couch and watch a movie with the rest of you! A variety of colors and styles – please let us choose. To choose a size, simply measure from the base of the neck, across the back and to the vent to come up with the size you’ll need.


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 BackYardChickens.com.
  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.