Chooks are fantastic for composting your food scraps as well as for producing fertiliser for your garden and the best eggs ever!
Keeping backyard chooks to eat food scraps and give you eggs is simple and fun! Following a few guidelines, you can keep chooks healthy, happy and safe, and enjoy ethical eggs in return!
Fact sheet: Backyard Chooks
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So... How many chooks can you keep?
Knox City Council
Knox City Council allows you to keep 5 chooks without a permit. Read the Gardens for Harvest chooks factsheet.
City of Hume
Hume residents on a suburban lot (less than 4,000 square metres) may keep up to 5 chooks without a permit.
Maribyrnong City Council
Maribyrnong City Council allows you to keep up to 10 chooks depending on your size of land.
Moreland City Council
No keeping of chooks is allowed in a flat, unit, apartment or townhouse. Up to 4 are allowed on a houseblock.
Mornington Peninsula Shire
If you are on a small block (less than 500sqm), you may not keep chooks without a permit. House blocks above 500sqm may keep up to 5 chooks, on land greater than 1200sqm you may keep 10 chooks and if you are on 1ha or more you may keep 20 chooks without a permit.
Frankston City Council
Frankston City allows you to keep up to 6 hens without a permit. Different conditions apply if you are on a small block such as a unit. The local law stipulates location and structure of chook housing.