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Urban Poultry

Backyard Chickens in Massachusetts

Raising your own chickens in urban or suburban neighborhoods is becoming more and more popular. Keeping backyard poultry offers a fresh, nutritious, and sustainable source of eggs or meat. 

The additional benefits of poultry-raising are also attractive:

  • A small flock of poultry can reduce the amount of organic food waste that ends up in the landfill. Chickens will happily gobble up your leftovers and spoiled foods.
  • Children love interacting with chickens! It's a great way to teach them about life cycles, animal behavior, and give them a chance to be involved in producing their own food. 
  • Poultry create a wonderful source of balanced organic fertility for your edible and ornamental gardens. You can either let your chickens roam (with prudence) in your garden or you can integrate their manure or bedding into your compost. 
  • What better way to make friends with your neighbors than by offering them some of your fresh eggs or meat? 

Do you know if your town or city allows poultry-keeping? Take a look at our database to find out (Summary below, updated May 2017)

Are you unsatisfied with your town's current regulations? Many citizen activists have been successful in changing their town's regulations. By doing some organizing, you can progress your town toward a more secure and sovereign future. Here are few resources to get you started:

Want more support in advocating for reasonable poultry-keeping regulations? We can help! Just contact


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