Backyard Hens and Bees Pilot Program

In consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, the application deadline for our Hens & Bees Pilot Program will be delayed until further notice.  

We know many of you are interested in participating in this program and want to make plans for housing hens or bees in your backyard this summer. However, one of the main goals of this program has always been to prioritize the health and safety of our community.  Because the application process requires training in courses that have only traditionally been implemented face-to-face, completed applications will not be feasible at this time.  We have been in touch with course providers and they are currently working to offer online training options.

We will be posting regular updates on this page.

If you have questions or concerns relating to the Hens & Bees program email or phone 780-980-7107

Thank you for understanding, we look forward to a safe and successful pilot program when a new application date is determined.  

The City of Leduc is introducing an exciting new pilot program offering three to five Leduc residents an opportunity to keep bees and three to five Leduc residents an opportunity to keep hens in their back yards. Interested residents may only apply to participate in the hen keeping or beekeeping program, not both.
The pilot project will be accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis starting March 30th, 2020. Additional applicants will be placed on a wait list for future consideration.
The pilot program is designed to:
  • enable local residents to extend their backyard gardening with the production of eggs or honey for their personal consumption,
  • reduce greenhouse gases,
  • improve biodiversity
  • enhance residents’ connection to nature, and
  • gain feedback from participants, neighbours and the community on the program.
There is currently no licence fee for pilot project applicants; however, if the program continues on a permanent basis a licence fee may apply for new applicants.  
The pilot project is a two-year program; licences granted as part of the pilot project will expire at the end of the program, which is scheduled for March 30, 2022. At this time the continuation of the program will be reviewed based on the results of the pilot project. If the program is continued, successful participants will be prioritized for licence renewal, subject to approval by the Environmental Inspector.

General Pilot Program Guidelines

The keeping of backyard hens and bees in the City of Leduc is controlled and enforced under the Animal Licencing and Control Bylaw; only those who receive a licence from the City are eligible to do so. Learn more about the pilot program guidelines.

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Backyard Hen Keeping

The whole family can participate in keeping hens in your backyard and enjoy the fresh eggs your hens will produce!

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Backyard Beekeeping

Learn everything you need to know about keeping bees in your backyard – and look forward to that delicious, fresh honey!

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Legislation & Bylaws

Provincial and municipal requirements ensure participants use best management practices to keep themselves, their families, their neighbours and the hens or bees safe and healthy.

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Education & Resources

Use the online and in-person resources to learn all about hen keeping and beekeeping as part of the City of Leduc pilot project.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The City of Leduc is taking a neighbour friendly approach with the Hens and Bees pilot program. View some of the frequently asked questions about the program.

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