How many Chickens can I own in Gilbert, Arizona?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Zion Realty
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Urban farming is booming in Gilbert, Arizona. Driven by the Millennial generation, this age old standard of growing your own fruits and vegetables, combined with raising chickens to provide daily fresh eggs is more than just a passing trend. Younger, and even current generations, are becoming increasingly aware of the health hazards due to commercial pesticides used on crops and Genetically Modified Organisms(GMO's), which is any food product that has been altered at the gene level. 

To combat the escalation of potentially contaminated foods individuals and families are taking it upon themselves to put their hands back in the ground and take personal responsibility for providing organically grown crops and harvest eggs from ethically raised chickens. Not only is this teaching an entire new generation a skill once in danger of becoming extinct but it's also going a long way in trimming waistlines and budgets. 

The real question now becomes how many chickens are residents of Gilbert, Arizona allowed to keep? There are multiple zoning laws that apply to the keeping and tending of
fowl at your property in Gilbert. The first zoning law to cite is on the County level. 
According to Chapter 6, Article 601.2 of the Maricopa County Zoning Ordinance laws, a single-family residence with a minimum lot size of 6,000 square feet up to 35,000 square feet is allowed the keeping of up to Five(5) chicken hens.  

On a more area specific level, there are two sections of laws that can be referred to when determining the allowance of chickens and fowl if you own a property in Gilbert, Arizona. The municipal codes of the Town of Gilbert Chapter 6, Article III, Sections 6-126 through 6-128, define livestock both large and small, fowl, exotic animals, minimum lot sizes, sanitation requirements and further restrictions. The Land Development Code Section 2.107 then lists the specific numbers of these types of animals that are allowed per lot. 

 

In reference to the above Town of Gilbert codes regarding chickens, the Town of Gilbert allows the following:

 

1. Rodents and Fowl

 

a. On each lot that is at least 6,000 square feet and less than 8,000 square feet in area, any combination of rodents and fowl not to exceed 5 total animals is permitted.

 

b. On each lot that is at least 8,000 square feet and less than 10,000 square feet in area, any combination of up to 10 rodents and fowl is permitted.

 

c. On each lot that is at least 10,000 square feet and less than 20,000 square feet in area, any combination of up to 25 rodents and fowl is permitted. For each additional 10,000 square feet of lot area, an additional 12 rodents or fowl are permitted. 

 

d. Aviaries shall be located within the building envelope or the rear one-half of the lot. If located within the rear one-half of the lot, the aviary shall be a minimum of 5 feet from any property line. 

 

e. One (1) rooster over four months in age shall be permitted for each 20,000 square feet of lot area with the exception of those kept for “Crop and Animal Raising, Commercial”, provided that the rooster is controlled or contained in such a manner to comply with Municipal Code Chapter 6, Section 6.2 (Noisy Animals). 

 

Regardless of the zoning laws in Maricopa County or the Town of Gilbert, each individual Home Owner's Association(HOA) can also have their own restrictions listed in the CC&R's for every subdivision. If your neighborhood is governed by a Home Owner's Association you'll need to refer to their guidelines to verify if they differ from County and Town laws. If there are conflicting allowances, the most strict guidelines take precedence. 

Owning and maintaining chickens isn't just about following the laws as it pertains to the number allowed. There are also extensive sanitation requirements, fencing and enclosure
requirements, and noise ordinances that must be adhered to. Being environmentally responsible by supplying yourself or your family with fresh eggs each day doesn't erase the burden of being a good neighbor. Be mindful of your surroundings and talk to your neighbors about the possibilities of your urban farming goals. Perhaps you could even be a subdivision inspiration and motivate others to join in on the fun. 

If you do decide that raising chickens is right for you, just how many eggs can you expect to harvest each day? According to national farming statistics, if you have young hens (between 6 months and 2 years), it’s bright outside, and your chickens are living a relatively stress-free life, you should expect about 2 eggs per day from a coop of 3 hens or you can simply take the number of hens you plan to purchase & multiply them by .75. This formula will give you the average # of eggs you can expect to get per day.

Whether you or someone you know is ready to tackle the task of keeping and tending chickens you must heed and obey the laws and ordinances in place for the safety of you and your fowl friends. 

 

There are some neighborhoods and subdivisions in Gilbert, Arizona in which raising chickens may be a better environment. Let the real estate experts at Zion Realty help you. We are a locally owned real estate brokerage right here in Gilbert and can educate you on the benefits of each community. Contact us today at ZionRealtyAZ.com!

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Rainmaker
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John - They really are better. Farm fresh eggs are fantastic.

Alexandra - If I had the time and ability I would totally have chickens. My family goes through eggs fast.

Lottie - Tending chickens isn't just about the eggs. They are great for creating memories with the grandkids and it can be very therapeutic watching them and feeding them. 

Jeffrey - Ha! It's certainly not for everyone. 

Apr 28, 2016 12:40 AM #12
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Nicole, I have a couple clients that live on large lots about 45 minutes out of Alexandria and have chickens. They say it's a lot of work and mess to clean but, well worth it. I will say fresh eggs are wonderful.

Apr 28, 2016 12:59 AM #13
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Larry Johnston
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Good morning Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert , There are a couple cities ocally that have adopted the mesure, but the ones that should have it, turned down having chickens.  Go figure!  I think 3 hens woud be my limit, otherwise we would end up with too many to eat.

Apr 28, 2016 02:22 AM #14
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Interesting. I've never had to answer a question like this on long Island...

Apr 28, 2016 05:07 AM #15
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Nicole- very interesting post. I'm reminded of an I Love Lucy episode when she, Ethel and Fred decided to raise chickens.  Hilarious!!

Apr 28, 2016 12:05 PM #16
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Nicole

I have a friend who is now selling fresh eggs . . . .

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 28, 2016 02:10 PM #17
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
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Before you take on a hen house...good to find out what is legally allowed.

Apr 28, 2016 07:11 PM #18
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Good morning Nicole. It is understandable that there are some regulations when it comes to chickens or any livestock in some areas. For some they are wonderful and for others not so much.

Apr 28, 2016 07:30 PM #19
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Amanda - If I lived on about an acre I would most definitely have chickens.

Larry - My family goes through about four dozens eggs per week so we'd need quite a few chickens. 

L & S - Before about five years ago this wasn't really a topic of discussion here either. 

Kathy - I don't remember that one but I love old re-runs of I Love Lucy. They're still funny even today.

Lou - If you have enough eggs to sell you might as well make a few bucks.

S & D - I know some folks who bought a rooster only to find out they did not have a large enough lot to own one.

Joe - None of my surrounding neighbors have them but as long as they weren't a nuisance I'd be fine with them. 

Apr 29, 2016 12:40 AM #20
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Sharon Tara
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Exellent information on owning chickens. I had no clue!

Apr 29, 2016 03:06 AM #21
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Sharon - If you would have asked me five years ago if I'd be writing a blog about owning chickens in Gilbert I would have looked at you very funny. But it really is a growing trend. 

Apr 30, 2016 03:06 AM #22
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                      Thank you Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert for my ah-ha moment. 

Apr 30, 2016 10:43 AM #23
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I'm sure many people will find this treatment for diarrhea very helpful Nicole.

Apr 30, 2016 09:36 PM #24
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Kat Palmiotti
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What great information!  I would love to have fresh eggs available. Yum.

Apr 30, 2016 09:55 PM #25
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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We are increasingly hearing about folks raising chickens.  In fact, my daughter in Reno, Nevada, recently acquired a little hen house and some chickens.

Apr 30, 2016 10:29 PM #26
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Thanks to Kathy I was able to see your post this week..congrats on being included in her wrap up!

May 01, 2016 12:09 AM #27
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     We want chickens!   Building the coop is easy... the challenge is that we have possums, raccoons, fox, and other critters that will eat those chickens and their eggs.  I have to put a fence about two feet deep into the ground all the way around the chicken yard.

May 01, 2016 07:09 AM #28
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Kathy - More and more people in my area are taking matters in to their own hands when it comes to their food supply.

Roger - If I can affect just one life I've done my job. 

Kat - We go through a lot of eggs in my house every week.

Myrl - I think it's more than just a passing trend. People are legitimately getting in to it.

Kristin - Thanks for stopping by.

Freddie Laser - We only have to worry about stray cats, dogs, and the occasional lone coyote but almost every house is fence in by block walls here. Not a lot is going to get through that plus a chicken coop. 

May 01, 2016 01:56 PM #29
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 That's a very extensive article about raising chickens in your area.  We live in the country and we have chickens but we do have to be on guard against the mongoose who likes to steal the eggs.  They are crafty little creatures and it's an ongoing battle between them and us. 

 

 

May 03, 2016 02:07 PM #30
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Great information. I think, that today chicken coop is yesterday's solar panel. Many new buyers are looking for a place where they can grow their own food. 

My friend has 3 chicken and 1 rooster:) 

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