Keeping Chickens & Fowl in Clarksburg
There are several city ordinances that apply to the keeping of Chickens in the City of Clarksburg. Below are a list of some applicable ordinances for your reference:
How Many Can I Keep?
The number of domestic fowl kept on any premises cannot exceed 20.
Can I Keep a Rooster?
Yes. The city ordinance permitting the keeping of fowl does not limit you to the keeping of hens only. However, while you can keep roosters, you may find that their crowing can violate the city noise ordinance if the noise disturbs your neighbors.
What Am I Required to Provide for My Chickens?
Perches and Nests
The house in which such fowl or pigeons are kept shall be dry, well ventilated and with windows so placed, if possible, to admit sunlight; it shall be kept whitewashed within and shall be cleaned:
Between November 1 and May 1 at least once a week
Between May 1 and November 1 at least twice a week
and more often if necessary or so ordered by the Health Director.
Food and Drink
Can I Cull My Own Chickens?
The City of Clarksburg does not have any ordinances that prevent you from slaughtering your own chickens for meat, however there are state regulations and county health ordinances that may limit or regulate how you process your chickens and what you can do with them after being processed. Please consult with the State's Department of Agriculture Commissioner's office for more information.
Can I Sell My Chicken's Eggs?
The City of Clarksburg does not have any ordinances that prevent you from selling or distributing your chicken's eggs, however there are state regulations and county health ordinances that may limit or regulate how you sell those eggs.
You can learn more about the laws and restrictions governing being a Small Egg Producer on the WV Department of Agriculture's website.
Animal Control Officer
City of Clarksburg
Phone: (304) 624-1653