Southside Community Land Trust supports people keeping chickens in the city, believing that access to fresh, locally-raised eggs is beneficial for nutrition, the environment, food safety, and economic self-reliance. According to the ordinance passed by the City Council last fall, Providence residents may keep up to six hens (one hen per 800 square feet) on their lot. They must be housed outside in a coop with a fenced outdoor area. If you're thinking of getting chickens, click here to learn more about the rules of the ordinance by downloading our handy summary.
Benefits of raising chickens
* A single hen can lay about five eggs per week, saving families money on their food budget and providing them with a high-protein form of energy.
The average American meal travels around 1500 miles to get from farm to plate; by raising chickens right in their backyards, citizens can substantially reduce their carbon footprint over time.
* Incorporating urban chickens into Providence’s local food movement—already strong thanks to thriving community gardens and farmers' markets and a tradition of culinary arts—will further distinguish the city as both a center for urban food culture and a leader of green initiatives.
* Some Providence residents have expressed legitimate concerns about the consequences of allowing people to raise chickens in their yards. Read more about the myths of urban chicken raising...