It’s springtime. Well, maybe not today. But the last couple weeks with this stellar weather has got folks itching to get outdoors, diggin’ in the dirt and raising little fluffy critters.
If you live in town, and are not sure which of these wonderful things you can partake, well, look no further than the City of Fort Collins website section on urban ag. They also have a great brochure on the nuts and bolts of what you can do in city limits.
The basics are as follows:
Female chickens and ducks are allowed. So, when you get those baby chicks at the store, you may be surprised by a rooster or drake in the mix. If this happens you will need to rehome them. Otherwise, the girls can stay. Trust me, if you have neighbors they won’t appreciate a rooster crowing. They don’t just sing in the morning!
If you have a half acre or less the number of birds you can keep is 8, if you have a half to a full acre the number is 12, and for each additional half acre you can keep 6 additional birds. A license is also required and can be obtained through the Larimer Humane Society (contact them at 970-226-3647, ext.7).
Bees are allowed within city limits. Colonies must be kept in hives with moveable combs in good condition. You’ll need to maintain a flyaway barrier of at least six feet in height (like a privacy fence at the property line). You’ll also need to ensure a convenient water source is available.
You can have two colonies on a quarter acre or less, 4 colonies on a quarter to a half acre, up to six colonies on a half to a full acre and up to 8 colonies on properties larger than an acre.
Two Nigerian or Dwarf goats are allowed on all lots. Goats are subject to certain regulations and licensing requirements. Licenses and regulatory information can be obtained through the Larimer Humane Society (contact them at 970-226-3647, ext.7). Goats must be female or wethered males, and require vaccination for rabies and other diseases.
Other farm animals
Other farm animals are only allowed in areas zoned RUL (Rural Lands), UE (Urban Estate), RF (Foothills Residential), and RC (River Conservation). Horses are an exception. They are allowed on any lot within city limits provided each horse has a minimum of a half acre of open space.
*Information sourced from City of Fort Collins Guide for Growing Food and Raising Animals in Fort Collins
You will also find information on gardens for personal and commercial use and hoop houses