Poultry Keeping Rules


NADCAA has amassed a great deal of knowledge over the years with regard to the keeping of poultry. These rules have been laid down in order to counter the many problems that have arisen since members started to keep poultry. They are designed to ensure good husbandry, the well-being of the poultry being kept, to keep the rat population down, and to ensure that structures put up by members for the keeping of chickens are removed by the members should they decide to resign their membership or give up keeping poultry.

The Poultry Keeper –

  1. Will obtain permission from the Secretary to allow them to keep chickens on their plot. They understand that if they do not follow the rules laid down in this Agreement that this permission may be withdrawn.
  2. Will submit plans for approval to the Secretary for a run that is sturdy, fox proof and does not shade the growing area of adjoining plots, before any construction begins.
  3. Will ensure that all birds are fed and watered daily, kept in good health and cover arranged for when the poultry keeper is on holiday.
  4. Will keep the run clean and free from mites and not allow it to get smelly so that members on adjoining plots have reason to complain.
  5. Will in the winter months, ensure that the run is protected from the weather to ensure the birds’ well-being.
  6. Will purchase effective brands of rat poison and rotate the use of these brands so that rats don’t become immune to them, or become a nuisance to other plot holders or the private houses near the allotments. The Poultry Keeper understands that this is an Environmental issue and that if complaints are received from outside the allotment field, all poultry may be banned. Changes to the Law means that it is probable that some effective brands of rat bait will become unavailable. As and when this happens the member agrees to employ a Pest Controller and supply copies of invoices as proof to the Secretary that the rat problem is being controlled.
  7. Will deal with sick birds promptly.
  8. Will not keep Cockerels, which can become noisy (by order of the Landlord).
  9. Will ensure that birds that have died or been put down due to ill health will be burnt and not buried, to discourage animals from digging them up.
  10. Will, in the event of the Management Committee deciding that the birds are not being kept in good condition as laid out in this agreement, remove them and the run, with immediate effect.
  11. Will, if they decide to terminate their Tenancy, remove the chicken run and house from the allotment field and dispose of it to ensure that no expense is incurred by the Allotment Association. Any rubbish that has accumulated will be removed from the field, and all structures will be removed (a shed may be left in situ).
  12. Understands that the Agreement is renewable at the same time as the annual Tenancy Renewal each year, and will be updated should unforeseen problems arise.
  13. Understands that the Management Committee reserves the right to ask the poultry keeper to remove the hens, runs, structures and any rubbish that may have accumulated at any time if they feel that this agreement is not being honoured.
  14. In the event of an outbreak of Bird Flu, will refer to the Defra website on a regular basis and ensure that all precautions are taken to ensure that the Defra guidelines are followed and understands that this is not the responsibility of the Association. Failure to follow guidelines laid down by Defra will result in the Poultry Keeper being asked to remove all birds and structures as per Item 13 of this agreement.

A Poultry-keeping Agreement can be obtained from the Colony Administrator – email – info@nadcaa.org.uk.

May 2018