"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
~ Margaret Mead

Soap Lake Community Garden Work Day June 2012

Chickens

May 2, 2012 the Soap Lake City Council passed the new chicken ordinance for Soap Lake!! Soap Lake residents are now allowed 4 chickens (no roosters). Residents must file an application with city hall. Fees are a one time inspection fee of $50. and an annual licence fee of $10.  Remember you must submit your application and have your inspection BEFORE you buy those chicks. Please read
Soap Lake Chicken Ordinance.


Soap Lake Chickens in the Media!!

Articles on the benefits of Urban chickens!!


Chickens in Soap Lake

            Most of us can easily name off the benefits of having chickens. Chicken manure is great for the garden, great garden pest control, and lets not forget the fresh nutritional eggs the feathered companions give. What about the concerns? Here are a few from local Soap Lake residents…
  • What about the noise?
Roosters are loud and will not be allowed with in city limits. Female chickens (hens) are quiet for the most part and automatically roost quietly at night.

  • What about the smell?
In larger farm flocks the aroma is pretty noticeable. In an Urban setting (10 or less hens) the aroma/smell can be kept to a minimal with routine care.

  • What if chickens get out?
There are many ways to keep your chickens safe. A proper chicken run is essential when keeping backyard chickens.  Chickens flying the coop can be minimized here are 3 ways can be putting netting at the top of the run, 5+ tall fencing for runs, or clipping hens. This is also why the SLUH organization will exist…to work out solutions to concerns meaning at times working one on one to solutions.
  • What if a dog kills one of my chickens?
If chickens get out and are attacked or killed this is the responsibility of the chicken owner to keep their flock safe with in the ordinances guidelines. If dogs come onto a chicken owners property it is the dog owners responsibility to keep dogs with in the ordinances guidelines.

Have more concerns send me an email at sluh@nctv.com or check out our many article that allow comments and questions!

What Washington States allow chickens...MOST OF THEM!

There are 207 cities in Washington State. I could find 156 ordinances relating to livestock/chickens; many cities don't even have an animal title/ordinance. BUT out of the 156 I found 138 allow chickens!! That is an 88%!! 


City
allowed
Aberdeen
Yes
Airway Heights
No
Algona
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Auburn
Yes
Yes
Battle Ground
Yes
Bellevue
Yes
Bellingham
Yes
Yes
Bingen
Yes
Black Diamond
Yes
Yes
Yes
Bothell
Yes
Bremerton
Yes
No
Bridgeport
Yes
Brier
Yes
Yes
Buren
Yes
Yes
Camas
Yes
Carnation
Yes
Yes
Castle Rock
Yes
Centralia
Yes
Chehalis
Yes
Chelan
Yes
Clarkston
No
Cle Elum
Yes
Clyde Hill
No
Connell
No
Cosmopolis
Yes
Covington
Yes
Dear Park
No
Des Moines
Yes
Dupont
No
Duval
Yes
East Wenatchee
Yes
Eatonville
Yes
Edgewood
Yes
Edmonds
Yes
Ellensburg
Yes
Elma
Yes
Entiat
Yes
Enumclaw
Yes
Ephrata
Yes
Everett
Yes
Everson
Yes
Federal Way
Yes
Ferndale
Yes
Fife
Yes
Fircrest
Yes
Forks
Yes
George
Yes
Gig Harbor
Yes
Gold Bar
Yes
Goldendale
Yes
Grandview
No
Ilwaco
Yes
Issaquah
Yes
Kalama
Yes
Kelso
Yes
Kenmore
Yes
Kennewick
Yes
Kent
Yes
Kettle Falls
No
Kirkland
No
Kittitas
Yes
La Center
Yes
Lacey
Yes
Lake Forest Park
Yes
Lake Stevens
Yes
Lakewood
Yes
Leavenworth
Yes
Liberty Lake
Yes
Longview
Yes
Lynnwood
Yes
Maple Vally
Yes
Marysville
Yes
Mattawa
Yes
McCleary
Yes
Medina
Yes
Mercer Island
Yes
Mill Creek
Yes
Millwood
Yes
Milton
Yes
Monroe
Yes
Montesano
Yes
Moses Lake
No
Mount Vernon
Yes
Mountlake
Yes
Mukiteo
Yes
Naches
Yes
Napavine
Yes
Newcastle
Yes
Newport
Yes
Normandy Park
Yes
North Bend
Yes
Ocean Shores
No
Olympia
Yes
Omak
Yes
Oroville
Yes
Othello
No
Pacific
Yes
Pasco
Yes
Pateros
No
Port Orchard
Yes
Port Townsend
Yes
Poulsbo
Yes
Prosser
Yes
Pullman
Yes
Puyallup
Yes
Quincy
No
Rainier
Yes
Raymond
Yes
Redmond
Yes
Renton
Yes
Richland
No
Ridgefield
Yes
Ritzville
Yes
Roslyn
Yes
Royal City
Yes
Sammamish
Yes
SeaTac
Yes
Seattle
Yes
Sedro-Woolley
Yes
Selah
Yes
Sequim
Yes
Shelton
Yes
Shoreline
Yes
Snohomish
Yes
Soap Lake
YES
South Bend
Yes
Spokane
Yes
Stanwood
Yes
Sultan
Yes
Sumner
Yes
Sunnyside
Yes
Tacoma
Yes
Toppenish
No
Tukwila
Yes
Tumwater
Yes
Union Gap
Yes
Waitsburg
Yes
Walla Walla
Yes
Washougal
Yes
Wenatchee
Yes
Westport
Yes
White Salmon
No
Woodinville
Yes
Yakima
Yes
Zillah
Yes



http://www.mrsc.org/codes.aspx


If you need more information on raising urban chickens in Soap Lake you can contact us...


Jennifer Peterson
Jennifer Peterson
Founder/Coordinator
Council Position: Chairperson
Contact Info: SLUH@nctv.com 509-312-9826