Calgary urban hen lottery opens March 21

It's backyard poultry time, Calgary!

Backyard chickens are once again being considered as a part of the City of Calgary's Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw. SUPPLIED

Start flapping, Calgary.

Beginning March 21, Calgarians will be able to apply for an urban livestock licence to house urban hens.

After years of local advocates pecking away, Calgary city council approved changes to the Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw.

“We heard from Calgarians that modern pet ownership means more than just caring for cats and dogs,” said Jennifer Lawlor, Strategic Services Leader, Calgary Community Standards.

“The urban hen program introduces urban livestock licensing and regulation to Calgarians, ensuring proper housing, care conditions and opportunities to address any community-based concerns are incorporated.”

The program will accept 100 applicants in the first year, the city said. If demand exceeds 100 potential licensees, a lottery will be held.

The application/lottery will open March 21 at 11 a.m. and stay open until April 18 at 11:59 p.m. So, if you’re interested, don’t balk at this chance. (OK, maybe we’re pushing the chicken puns a little far.)

The city criteria ensures that applicants won’t just be winging it, either. Applicants must be 18 or over, have an approved pen, acquire a free premise ID number from the province and confirm the number of hen licences.  Details on the program, including a coop checklist are available.

Check out the city’s website for more details.

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