Here's how many chickens you are allowed to keep in your backyard – Only 10 if you are in Joburg


Do you know how many dogs people in suburban areas are allowed to have? “What, how?” you may ask.

Depending on where you reside, you may not be able to keep a specific number of animals at your place without having a permit.

Surprisingly, this also applies to chickens. Yes, chickens. An animal that you are unlikely to come across with at a household in a suburban area

This is because people keep chickens on their property to either sell to the public or, what is more unlikely, to keep them as pets.

Regardless of what the reason might be, there are rules and regulations to keeping chickens in your backyard and if you are to follow the law of the land, then you might want to keep the following in mind when it comes to keeping chickens.

Johanesburg residents can have no more than 10 Chickens in their backyard, as long a they are kept in a sound poultry house and are not a nuisance to neighbors.


Residents can keep five chickens without a permit. Any number over five will require a permit including if you want to keep a rooster.

The eThekwini Municipality does not limit the number of chickens residents can own.

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