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Keeping livestock on an allotment

Subject to certain conditions, you may keep rabbits, hens (but not cockerels) and bees. If you keep these animals on your allotment you must comply with animal welfare guidelines.

You do not need to apply for permission to keep rabbits and hens but you must inform us of your intention to do so by completing the registration form:

Chickens

You must apply for permission to build a structure such as a henhouse or run which complies with the terms of the allotment agreement and in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act.

The RCPCA recommend a floor space of 0.4m2 per bird which equates to 12 birds in a hen house built to the maximum permitted size. Access to clean water must be provided at all times.

Please check the allotment rules first to ensure that your structure meets with the correct size and position required.

See the RSPCA's guidance on the welfare of hens.

Rabbits

You must apply for permission to build a structure such as a rabbit hutch or run which complies with the terms of the allotment rules and in accordance with the Animal Welfare Act.

Rabbits need companionship and normally prefer to be with other rabbits, they are also athletic and need plenty of exercise. Access to clean water must be provided at all times and the housing cleaned regularly.

See the RSPCA's guidance on rabbits.

Bees

You must have permission in writing from us before you can keep bees on your plot.

Apply to keep bees.