Hens on an Uckfield allotment site

New rules on keeping hens on Uckfield allotments

Allotment holders in Uckfield face a tightening of the rules governing the keeping of chickens on their plots.

Numbers have increased in recent years and now the council has decided to update its regulations.

The changes were put forward because: “Due to the increased number of tenants keeping chickens on the allotments and following concerns raised regarding the use of unsuitable materials used to build structures to house chickens.”

The council says all livestock on allotments should be maintained in accordance with RSPCA guidelines on animal welfare.

New rules include:

  • The number of hens is limited to five and must be “not for profit”
  • Tenants should check the hens daily
  • All hens brought on to allotment sites should be vaccinated
  • Cockerels may not be kept on allotment sites
  • Tenants should keep hens under proper control to avoid disturbance or nuisance to others.

The Bird in Eye allotment site has seen the introduction of the most chickens in the last year.

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