A clucking seminar

Raise chickens in an urban environment

It is not really a new fad. Raising chickens in an urban environment has been around for many years and growing. In Sainte-Thérèse, it is possible to set up a chicken coop and keep up to four laying hens in the fenced backyard of an isolated single-family residence. This practice is of course governed by strict municipal regulations in order to ensure the healthiness of living environments and harmonious cohabitation with the neighbours.
One of the conditions to be fulfilled in order to obtain the necessary permit for this activity is to present to the Urban Planning and Sustainable Development Department a certificate showing that the applicant citizen has undergone training on keeping chickens in an urban environment.
Free online training
Thus, from March 27 to April 3, the City of Sainte-Thérèse is offering citizens free online training, which they can watch at a time that suits them, from the comfort of their home. This is a pre-recorded training lasting just over 45 minutes, offered by Agro-Passion, a company specializing, among other things, in conferences for adults related to urban and rural agriculture.
To watch the training
Residents have to write to udd@sainte-therese.ca by April 1st, indicating their interest in following the training as well as their complete contact information, and soon thereafter they will receive the procedure for connecting.
A virtual meeting will be organized on Sunday, April 3 at 3 p.m. for the trainer to answer questions from citizens who have viewed the training. Information regarding the connection to this meeting will be sent by email to registered people. Raising urban laying hens involves many obligations and responsibilities. Hens require special care, not to mention the specifications and maintenance of the chicken coop.
The Town’s regulations, standards, and recommendations regarding the keeping of urban laying hens are on the Town’s website. Proof of any other serious training is also accepted when applying for a permit to keep chickens in Sainte-Thérèse.


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