May 17 2017

Coming soon to Rosemère: urban hens

Rosemère, May 17, 2017 – The Town of Rosemère is pleased to announce the implementation of a pilot project allowing laying hens on its territory from June 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018. Within the framework of this project, a maximum of fifty chicken coops will be allowed on its territory and the number of hens authorized will be three per participant. In addition, roosters will not be allowed in urban coops, in order to ensure peaceful surroundings.

"The municipal council addressed the issue of urban hens after receiving a number of inquiries from citizens. Research and consultations on this subject were carried out. We also took the pulse of neighbouring towns where urban chicken coops are already installed. We are convinced that this initiative will be an enriching one for the Rosemère community,” explained Madeleine Leduc, mayor of Rosemère.

Consistent with the practice of proximity farming, this pilot project will allow Rosemère residents to raise laying hens for recreational and educational purposes. The Town of Rosemère feels that this initiative will generate its citizens’ interest in the way in which they feed themselves.

The acquisition of hens will be subject to very strict regulations and owners will have to agree to the inspection of their installations by the Urban Planning, Permits and Inspections Department. Domestic hens must remain in their coop between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The cleanliness of the installations is crucial: there must be no noticeable odours outside the boundaries of the residence concerned. Finally, the sale of eggs or any other chicken by-product is not authorized and no sign to this effect will be tolerated.

For further information about commitment conditions on this pilot project, click here. Citizens have to go in person to the Urban Planning, Permits and Inspections Department to sign it.

Information: 450 621-3500 ext. 1238.

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