September 5th, 2007, after a summerlong campaign led by 10-year-old
Olivia Collins, the South Portland City Council voted to lift a ban
on raising hens in the city.
Today it is
legal to raise up to 6 hens per household (no roosters) for non-commercial
use only. Hens must be kept enclosed and not free-roaming: in a solid
henhouse (built 20' from property lines; of uniform materials; no scrap
allowed) at night and during the day in a fully enclosed, predator-proof
pen (with a top, and with wire buried 12" in the ground). They
may be allowed into a fenced yard with supervision. Care must be taken
that noise and odor do not disturb neighbors. For the full ordinance
here. For more specific info on coop construction, see the "Coops"
page. To learn how to obtain a South Portland permit, click
The aim of this
web site is to provide information and resources for citizens interested
in raising pet hens. The information is collected from numerous sources.
We hope you
enjoy the web site. Please feel free to contact
us with any questions or comments.