Chooks are fantastic for composting your food scraps as well as for producing fertiliser for your garden and the best eggs ever!
Fact sheet: Backyard Chooks
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Try before you buy
Fleur from Book a Chook can set you up with a chook house and some chooks for a small 'rental' fee.
If you like it, you can turn your hire into a purchase.
Fleur is based on the Mornington Peninsula and services all of Melbourne.
So... How many chooks can you keep?
Knox City Council
Knox City Council allows you to keep 5 chooks without a permit. Read the Gardens for Harvest chooks factsheet.
Hume City Council
Hume residents on a suburban lot (less than 4,000 square metres) may keep up to 5 chooks without a permit.
Maribyrnong City Council
Maribyrnong City Council allows you to keep up to 10 chooks depending on your size of land.
Moreland City Council
No keeping of chooks is allowed in a flat, unit, apartment or townhouse. Up to 4 are allowed on a houseblock.
Mornington Peninsula Shire
If you are on a small block (less than 500sqm), you may not keep chooks without a permit. House blocks above 500sqm may keep up to 5 chooks, on land greater than 1200sqm you may keep 10 chooks and if you are on 1ha or more you may keep 20 chooks without a permit.
Frankston City Council
Frankston City allows you to keep up to 6 hens without a permit. Different conditions apply if you are on a small block such as a unit. The local law stipulates location and structure of chook housing.