Rules and Regulations for Raising Chickens – Where do I start?
It all depends on what you’re hoping to achieve. Are your chickens purely in the backyard to keep the grass down and provide your family with a pet or fresh eggs? Or are you aiming to be the Chicken Queen or King in your suburb?
If you’re considering using your backyard set-up to make money, either now or in the future, find out first about the council regulations in your area. It could save you a lot of time, money and heartache in the future!
Backyard chicken ownership is regulated by your local council.
Commercial chicken ownership is regulated by government departments in your state, responsible for areas like planning and primary and your local council.
Nationally, the relatively new Australian Egg Corporation at http://www.aecl.org/ provides information and guidance on poultry-keeping. Membership is voluntary and well worth considering.
Commercial egg sales must comply with basic egg handling rules set down by Food Standards Australia. You can find out more at- www.foodstandards.gov.au.