Ok to have chickens and roosters in Michigan #203183 - Ask Extension


Ok to have chickens and roosters in Michigan #203183

Asked July 29, 2014, 12:37 PM EDT

Is it legal to have chickens and a rooster in a backyard that is within 250 feet of another house in Michigan?

Barry County Michigan

Expert Response

The answer to your question depends on many factors and is really a decision that if not governed by the state is a decision that is made locally. I am attaching a link to an article on the recent changes in Michigan's Right To Farm Act Siting Selection Criteria GAAMPS which includes some detail on a Category 4 site (part of which includes your question on the 250 feet - but not exclusively).
Included in this article are several other references that you may want to look at to help answer other questions to raising livestock in Michigan. 

Julie Pioch Replied July 29, 2014, 4:06 PM EDT

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