Keeping farm animals is no different to having dogs and cats or any other pet. They mustn't create a nuisance or health risk to your neighbours and community. If you plan to keep farm animals, there are things you need to know.
The most common issues dealt with by councils in relation to farm animals are offensive odours and unhealthy conditions attracting pest and vermin, noise and animals straying.
All of these issues can be avoided by considering the type and number of animals suitable for your neighbourhood and by providing a secure and well maintained environment.
- all food is stored in sealed containers
- clean drinking water is always available
- put food in trays and remove them at night so that rodents and vermin are not attracted by food and scraps lying around
- animal shelters are cleaned regularly, taking care with the waste and run-off
- enclosures are secure and have adequate shelter for all weather conditions.
Some basic information about keeping specific animals is provided below, but before you decide to keep farm animals you should take a look at the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines.