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May 16, 2017 11:55 AM

Rules Of The Roost: Animal Control Reminds Public About Chickens

Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls Animal Control is reminding homeowners in the city about where and how many hens they can keep hens in their backyard.

Department Supervisor Julie DeJong said each home can have up to six hens without a permit. In order to have more — or to raise other birds such as ducks, geese and turkeys — a homeowner needs to file a permit with the city.

Chicken coops need to be kept at least 25 feet away from any home and need to be kept clean. Homeowners can be ticketed if chickens leave their yards, and they must supply the hens with shelter, food and water.

Roosters are banned from city limits, with or without a permit. Other livestock such as pigs, cattle, sheep and horses are limited to any land zoned as an agriculture district.

For more information about permits, contact Animal Control at 605-367-7000.

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