Halton Hills residents in certain areas now allowed four hens per backyard

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Published September 7, 2022 at 2:50 pm

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Halton Hills residents in certain urban areas may now apply for the opportunity to have up to four hens in their backyards.

Halton Hills Council recently approved a revision to one of the Town’s by-laws in order to allow for the keeping of hens per prescribed criteria.

The change was made to the Responsible Pet Owner’s By-law and follows an earlier report from September 2021, where Council approved the program.

“While I know passing this by-law may ruffle some feathers, I have to believe that residents who get chickens will be responsible owners,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette.

“This is new territory for us so we will be watching the program closely to ensure that it doesn’t go fowl.”

Those living in residential areas in Acton and Georgetown, hamlets (Glen Williams, Norval) and rural clusters (Ashgrove, Ballinafad, Bannockburn, Crewson’s Corners, Henderson’s Corners, Hornby, Limehouse, Silvercreek and Terra Cotta) will be eligible to apply.

Previously, the Town of Halton Hills’ Responsible Pet Owner’s By-law 94-077 restricted chickens to properties that were zoned as agricultural. However, after a meeting in the fall of 2021, council approved the allowance to keep them in Acton and Georgetown among other areas.

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