Michigan Bill Would Require Establishment of Certain Standards for Egg-Laying Hens in Primarily Residential Areas

Michigan House Bill 4462 would amend the state’s Right to Farm Act by directing the Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development to establish “generally accepted agricultural and management practices” for “rearing of egg-laying hens in primarily residential areas.” Those standards would need to include that “a) The property used for rearing egg-laying hens must be at least 1/4 acre in size. (b) The number of hens must not exceed 5 hens for every 1/4 acre of property size or a total of 25 hens, whichever is less.” The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Agriculture.