Backyard chickens take flight in rural areas

Regional District of North Okanagan approves hen bylaw

Food security has been given a boost in the North Okanagan.

Regional District of North Okanagan directors adopted bylaw changes Wednesday that will permit hens in residential and rural zones in the five electoral areas. The previous rules didn’t allow for chickens as a food source.

“You can have chickens in Vernon and Kelowna but it was ridiculous because you couldn’t in the rural areas,” said Jackie Pearase, rural Enderby director.

The bylaw covers issues such as odour and the construction and location of hen houses. Roosters will not be allowed as a way of reducing noise for neighbours.

RDNO staff have also developed best management practices on keeping chickens.

Look for more in Friday’s Morning Star.