Urban Hens

We support sustainable, local food and urban ariculture initiatives that are based on healthy social and ecological relationships, a vibrant and equitable economic system, and support for educations and skills training. The urban hens intiative is one part of many urban agriculture intitiaves taking place in Kamloops.

Register your Hens

What You Need to Know
  1. Learn About Hens - Research the needs, lives, and care of hens and eggs. Do as much research as you can!

  2. Understand Regulations - Review the City of Kamloops information including this web page and Animal Control Bylaws.

  3. Register With The City - Self registration is required and free of charge. Complete the online Registration Form.

  4. Build Your Coop - To have healthy hens you must have at least 0.5m² per hen inside the coop, and a minimum 1m² per hen outside the coop with both areas fully enclosed and covered; each hen must have their own nesting box and roost. The coop must be no bigger than 10m² and must be in the backyard. Setbacks for the coop in the back yard are 1m from side and rear property lines and 3m from the dwelling unit. See bylaw for specific details.

  5. Gather Supplies - Buy your feed, dishes for feed and water, pine shavings for the coop floor, and straw for the nest boxes.

  6. Get Hens - Buy hens from a reputable dealer or have a friend gift them to you. (2-5 hens older then 3 months, no roosters)

  7. Harvest Eggs - Urban hens are for the enjoyment of the person or family living on the premises. No one is allowed to sell the eggs, meat, or manure.

  8. Care for Them - Hens need attention and care including fresh water, healthy food, and a clean and well maintained coop that is free from manure, smells and pests.

  9. Keep Feed Secure & Locked - Feed can attact pests so be sure to keep all feed in closed containers that are wildlife resistant and dry. See WildsafeBC more information.

  10. Protect Hens From Pests & Predators - Predators such as bears, raptors, and cougars must be kept away from your hens; you may want to consider electric fencing to reduce attracting predators. See WildsafeBC for information and tips.

  11. Properly Dispose of Deceased Hens - The average life span of a chicken is around eight years, but can range from four to eleven years. When they die you cannot dispose of chickens on your property or in the garbage pickup, you must either take them to Animal Control for cremation or to the landfill. If you wish to get rid of live hens contact local farmers and suppliers.

Other Resources

For educational inquiries, please contact foodsecurity@kamloops.ca, 250-828-3850.

For animal control issues and inquiries, please contact bylaw@kamloops.ca or 250-828-3409.