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Keeping Chickens in Melbourne

Whether you live in the middle of the city, or out in the suburbs, there are plenty of events and clubs to attend – as well as the Royal Melbourne Poultry Show! Anyone with some outside space may benefit from keeping backyard chooks – just be sure to stay on the right side of your region’s regulations.


As you know, living in Melbourne, the weather can be pretty changeable. Hen owners need to be able to keep their chooks warm when it’s cool, and cool when it’s warm. Investing in weather protection for the coop and the run is advisable, but may not be necessary for most of the year. If you need some help and advice on keeping your chickens a good temperature, we’ve assembled some information about it here.

Two friendly chicken living in an Eglu Go chicken coop.
There are dozens of different activities to attend and clubs to join


Regulations concerning whether or not you can keep hens and roosters (and how many) vary significantly between areas, so it’s best to check with your local authority before going ahead. For example, in Frankston you’re allowed to keep six hens without having to get a license, whereas in Mannigham it’s just four. There are also regulations about where exactly you can keep them. Again, most districts differ, but generally the idea is that inhabitants can’t keep chooks close to a neighbour’s fence.

Clubs and events

Melbourne has a lot of exciting poultry-related events for you to attend. As well as all the poultry-keeping clubs in the districts (you might want to look in local pet or poultry shops for more details) Melbourne boasts one of the most interesting poultry events in Australia – the Royal Melbourne Poultry Show. This event has more than a thousand prime examples of chickens that have been brought to be shown off to the world!

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