Unless a chicken is defined as a domestic pet — and an argument that it is might be hard to hold — you cannot have a chicken coop in Carolina Beach.
Carolina Beach town ordinances prohibit keeping or raising any animals or fowl not considered domestic pets, which generally means an animal that can be “kept or harbored within or outside a residential dwelling and which requires reasonable and minimal attention and/or maintenance.”
Such animals defined as domestic pets include “dogs, cats, caged birds, rabbits, miniature Vietnamese pigs, gerbils, hamsters, ferrets and other animals and fowl of similar size and type and generally accepted reptiles such as turtles and small nonpoisonous lizards,” according to the ordinance.
If the animal is not considered domestic (chickens likely aren’t), then the town considers it unlawful to enclose or maintain space for such animals within the town limits.
Date posted: April 25, 2011
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