On December 3, 2013 Champaign City Council passed an ordinance allowing for backyard hens within the city limits. This ordinance states that:
- A license must be issued to legally raise hens.
- No roosters allowed.
- Up to 6 hens allowed.
- Coops may only be located in the back yard.
- Only residents of single family and two-family homes are eligible for a coop license.
- The coop must have a minimum of four square feet per hen. The run must have a minimum of eight square feet per hen and be covered on all sides, including the top.
Residents who do not comply with Sec. 7-19 – Hens and all applicable sections of the Champaign
Municipal Code will be subject to enforcement action.
Benefits of keeping chickens include fresh food, soil improvements, a fun topic of conversation with others, and knowing where your food comes from.