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Poultry Responsibilities

Information For Poultry Owners

chicken 1Constructing a Poultry Enclosure

Guidelines for Building and Maintaining Poultry and Pigeon Enclosures (269 kb)

This information sheet outlines owners’ obligations in relation to the limit on poultry and pigeons per property, structure requirements, litter management and pest control.

This information sheet is based on Council’s Domestic Livestock Management By-Law 2014 which contains specific requirements for the keeping of poultry and pigeons within the City of Charles Sturt. To access Council’s By-Law Register please click here.

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Litter Management

An important aspect of reducing odours associated with the poultry enclosure is to care for the poultry litter. Offensive odours can often result from excessive litter which is not regularly disposed of, when litter is kept wet, when manure is allowed to accumulate or when kitchen scraps are thrown out on top of the litter.

The deep litter method is encouraged and if utilised correctly, the poultry should always be on dry ground. This method allows for droppings to quickly dry and form part of the litter, thus not attracting nuisance flies to the area.

Starting the Litter

Dry materials should only be used, such as straw, wood shavings and even dry lawn clippings on occasion. These materials should be spread evenly at a depth of approximately 150mm on the floor surface. After several weeks, repeat the process and continue until the depth of the litter is built up to about 250mm.

Caring for the Litter

It is essential that the litter is kept dry at all times, therefore the poultry's drinking trough should be placed outside of the shelter. A hole cut through the shelter wall will allow for the fowls to drink without wetting their litter. Occasional raking and throwing wheat under the perches will encourage the fowls to scratch amongst the litter. If cared for correctly this litter will last for up to a year. After this time you will have a good supply of garden fertilizer. A small amount of the old litter should be used to begin the new litter.

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Waste Management

All wastes including seeds, feathers, dead birds and faecal matters should be placed in a plastic bag and disposed of immediately into an approved receptacle or directly in to the rubbish bin. The receptacle is to have a tight fitting lid to prevent access by flies, vermin and other pests.

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Fly and Vermin Control

Fly baits and fly paper are encouraged to be placed inside of the shelter out of reach of fowls. Fly baits and papers can be easily accesses from hardware stores. It is important that these baits are regularly checked and replaced. Rat bait surrounding the poultry enclosure is encouraged to detract vermin. To prevent enclosure, it is essential that all feed is stored in sealed air tight containers.

Rat Control Fact Sheet (149 kb)

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Further Information

For further information, please contact Council's Environmental Health Department on 8408 1111.

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