Can I keep chickens in Skokie?

No, keeping of chickens and other livestock (cattle, goats, horses, swine, poultry, etc.) is not allowed by Village of Skokie Code Section 18-7. Keeping livestock. "No person shall keep, or suffer to be kept, any cattle, goats, horses, swine, poultry or other livestock in the Village".

The practices associated with keeping chickens have a high potential to create odors, feces, food spillage, noise and attract predators and vermin, many of which already present a problem for homeowners in Skokie, such as: Rats, Neighborhood dogs, Coyotes, Foxes, Raccoons, Feral and domestic cats and Skunks.

Health risks: Chicken keeping is associated with infectious diseases. Salmonella and campylobacter are common diseases associated with chicken contact. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there have been documented outbreaks of salmonella from backyard chickens. Histoplasmosis, a severe respiratory disease with cough and shortness of breath, is also associated with chicken keeping.

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