Chicken Keeping in Phoenix, is it Legal?

Are Chickens Allowed in Phoenix   Yes
Max Chickens Allowed     20
Roosters Allowed     No
Permit Required     No
Coop Restrictions:     80 feet from residence-ZONING ORDINANCES APPLY
City/Organization Contact name:       City of Phoenix Ordinances

Read on, especially between the lines…

Sec. 8-7. Poultry and rodents.

(a)  Except as otherwise provided in the article, it is hereby declared to be a nuisance and it shall be unlawful for any person to keep rodents or poultry within the City. No poultry or rodents shall be kept in an enclosure within eight feet of any residence within the City. Poultry may be kept within eighty feet of a residence if written permission consenting to the keeping of poultry less than eighty feet from a residence is first obtained from each lawful occupant and each lawful owner of such residence. Poultry shall not be kept in the front yard area of any lot or parcel with the City. Poultry and rodents shall be kept in an enclosure so constructed as to prevent such poultry and rodents from wandering upon property belonging to others.

(b)  No more than twenty head of poultry nor more than twenty-five head of rodents nor more than twenty-five head comprising a combination of rodents and poultry shall be kept upon the first one-half acre or less. An additional one-half acre shall be required for each additional twenty head of poultry or for each additional twenty-five head of rodents or for each additional twenty-five head comprising a combination of poultry and rodents. For areas larger than two and one-half acres the number of poultry or rodents shall not be limited.

(c)  No male poultry shall be kept within the City limits except such male poultry as are incapable of making vocal noises which disturb the peace, comfort, or health of any person residing within the City.

(d)  All such enclosures shall be kept in such condition that no offensive, disagreeable, or noxious smell or odor shall arise therefrom to the injury, annoyance, or inconvenience of any inhabitant of the neighborhood thereof.



Creative Poultry Keeping

Whatever Works!

When raising chickens there are only three things that matter… food, water, and shelter.

You can spend a lot of money for an elaborate set-up, but quite honestly, half the fun is being creative with the resources you have on hand.

There’s no need for fancy, chickens are very docile and non-destructive. Whatever you can provide that will protect them from predators is sufficient. Their nesting area needn’t be large, they actually prefer tight quarters. I made the mistake of giving every bird her own nest box when I first started raising poultry. However, one box for every two to three birds is definitely their preference. This nest box pictured below will easily accommodate four birds.

Store bought nest boxes are certainly pretty, but they are also expensive. Check the garage, or a flea market for something else that might be suitable. Apple crates work nicely for example. Or visit a Home Depot, they sell scrap wood in the lumber dept. for as little as fifty cents a board, what a bargain! Have your measurements ready because the first two cuts are free!

Here in Arizona it’s time to start a flock, the weather is perfect for chicks by mid October. In other parts of the country it’s time to research, plan, and prepare for the spring flock. Have fun in your adventure!

From the Chicken Yard

It’s been a challenge to say the least keeping the chickens alive this month in temps ranging from 110 to 117. In spite of mist systems and fans, I’m afraid I lost the Buff Orphington pictured above. I’ve been keeping chickens for three years now, every season I learn better ways to keep the fatality rate to a minimum. Although this year has been my most successful year, it’s still disappointing to lose even one bird.

Unfortunately until you raise various breeds it’s mere guess work which birds will fair best in the desert heat. Birds categorized as heat tolerant may very well be true in some parts of the country, but not necessarily in extreme conditions. The heavy birds in my experience struggle the most, Orphingtons and the Rock varieties will not be on my farm next season at all. However, the Dominique is a heavier bird and does amazingly well. Not to mention they are very friendly and quite intelligent.

The Ameraucana is by far the hardiest bird in the chicken yard, they lay everyday, and show little signs of struggle battling the heat. However, their personality is best described as aloof. They are not not very friendly so catching them is usually an ordeal.

They are a rather timid bird, but mine are not picked on, they just keep their distance from any potential confrontations.

The Ameraucana is a blue-green egg layer. Often called the Easter Egger Chicken.
Note: whatever name they use, most hatcheries do not sell standard Ameraucanas, but sell Easter Eggers, chickens that may lay blue, green, or other colored eggs.

My Polish Crested hens also show little signs of heat stress.

Beneath the mist system is plenty of mud where they spend most of the day. They are my fancy birds I’m so proud of, but this time of year they are allowed to be little feathered mud balls.

The Polish hens are only about 4 pounds.
They lay white eggs, fairly consistent layers every three days.
Their eggs are a bit smaller, and these birds are known to take some time off now and then.

Mud Pond

Ameraucana or Easter Egger

White Crested Blue Polish

It’s Getting Hotter

Temperatures are rising, 101 degrees in the shade today. Egg production has has slightly dropped off, I expect this will continue until October.

The birds have a fan and a mud pond to help them stay cool, but insist on laying their
eggs in the coop which is crazy insane hot. They have nest boxes available to them in the shadewith privacy – but they would rather pant and near bake to death in the coop.

A 10.5 shade sail (Costco, $24.99) has been provided over the chicken yard, makes a huge difference! This allows me to keep water buckets in the shade as the sun moves throughout the day.

Been quite frustrated with a BROODY Orpington for 2 1/2 weeks.  She is absolutely
relentless, tried everything I know to snap her out of it but nothing is working. She has
been moved to the chicken hospital where a coop is in the shade.

After 3 weeks, broody hen is back with the flock, other than a bit frazzled from the heat is ok.