Backyard Hens and Bees Pilot Program

After careful deliberation, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our Hens & Bees Pilot Program until next year.

Prioritizing the safety and wellbeing of our residents is of the utmost importance to us. As such, we feel strongly that this course of action is necessary in light of the pandemic we are currently facing.

While our application deadline has been deferred, we highly encourage those interested in the pilot program to continue their educational pursuits and explore online alternatives where possible.

These courses are an excellent opportunity to learn more about the intricacies of urban beekeeping and hen keeping and to determine whether this type of endeavor is a good fit for you!

We are pleased to inform you of some new online training options that have recently come available:

River City Chickens is now offering an informative online course for urban chicken keepers - Chickens 101.

Please click on the link below for course specific details:

Dustin Bajer’s instructional Beekeeping Certificate Course is now being offered as a four-part, online series and is open for registration.

Please visit his website for further information:

Thank-you for your continued interest and understanding at this time.

We look forward to a safe and successful pilot program next year and will continue to post regular updates here. 


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 (date to be determined). 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. 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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