Allow Backyard Chickens in Pelham

Allow Backyard Chickens in Pelham

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Jennifer K. started this petition to Town of Pelham

As urban areas continue to expand into agricultural areas many of these areas are being rezoned. The city of Pelham currently has a bylaw that states that any animals other than cats or dogs are not allowed to be raised on property that is zoned residential.

Currently there is more of a don’t ask, don’t tell policy with regards to other animals, and chickens are addressed on a complaint basis. This is a problem because urban homesteading is gaining popularity and we are learning that local, sustainable and humane food supply is essential to the health and well being of our citizens. We believe that every person should have the right to keep hens on their own property as long as they are doing so responsibly.

With the added need during a pandemic to be able to provide for your family, often eggs have been sold out in stores. Let’s let this small town offer their citizens the ability to have a sustainable living, right in your own backyard!


A small flock of chickens has many benefits. They have the ability to provide nutritious food for lower income families. Eggs from backyard hens are significantly better quality than factory farmed eggs in freshness, taste and nutrition. Chickens are able to recycle food waste and turn it into rich compost which improves soil fertility for growing vegetables. They help to keep tick populations low which in turn helps to lower the prevalence of Lyme disease. They  keep us connected to nature and foster responsibility in our Children. Chickens are gentle pets and are relatively easy to care for and don’t require much space when compared to other livestock. 

Most of the concerns people have about backyard chickens can be easily addressed, especially if a permit system is introduced allowing people to apply for a license and have a one time inspection to ensure their setup is adequate. 

When properly housed and cared for, chicken coops do not stink, and they are much quieter than barking dogs as long as roosters are not kept. Pests can be drawn to their food if it is not stored correctly. With a little education, these concerns can all be addressed.

Many other progressive municipalities have amended their bylaws to allow residents to house small flocks of hens with great success. Niagara Falls allows up to 10 chickens per household with nearly no complaints. Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo, Kingston and even Toronto have all amended their by-laws. We believe this amendment would be a great thing for Welland to consider and would make our city more desirable place to live.

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