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What is the law on raising a few chickens in Carolina Beach?

Shannan Bowen
StarNews
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A reader has a question about raising chickens at Carolina Beach. (StarNews file photo)

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.

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One Response to “ What is the law on raising a few chickens in Carolina Beach?”

  1. On April 30, 2011 at 8:13 pm Sherri wrote:

    Chickens are domesticated fowl.
    I copied this directly from the CB ordinance(edited for length):
    ‘for the purpose of this section, “commonly accepted domestic animal or fowl” shall be defined as ……….fowl of similar size and type and generally accepted reptiles such turtles and small nonpoisonous lizards. This definition shall not include goats, sheep, pigs, hogs, cows, bulls, horses, mules, ostriches or other similar types of large size animals and fowl ……’
    Wilmington ordinance requires the landowner to have at least 1/2 acre with 12 hens per 1/2 acre. Roosters are not allowed. This size lot may be a hindrance in Carolina Beach, but having read the ordinances, chickens are allowable. I would suggest that the person asking search the ordinances for the word “fowl”, that helped us a lot when moving to ILM. Good Luck! Sorry if this is a repeat, I lost the first attempt.



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