How to Get Into Chicken Farming in BC

Chicken farming, like other farming businesses in BC, requires commitment, research, hard work and a financial investment. We have compiled a list of valuable resources here:

When you have done your research and are ready to make the time and financial investment into growing chicken, you have the option to grow for your own personal use, become a permit grower, participate in BCCMB’s New Entrant Grower Program or buy an existing farm and/or quota.

  1. Personal Use
    You may grow up to 200 chickens per year for your own personal use.
  2. Permit Program.
    British Columbia residents can apply to grow up to 2,000 chickens per year for farm direct marketing. The permit administration fee is $20 and permit holders must report their placement and slaughter records. For the application and reporting forms please visit the Permit Growers Forms page.
  3. New Entrant Grower Program.
    1. BCCMB retracts a portion of all quota transfers to fund the New Entrant Grower Program (NEGP).
    2. Quota is granted to new entrant growers based on market and regional needs.
    3. The current waitlists for the 3 regions in the province of BC offer are as follows:
      1. LOWER MAINLAND WAITING LIST-June 20 2017 
      2. INTERIOR WAITING LIST-March 16, 2017
      3. Vancouver Island – no wait list, but not accepting applications
    4. All new entrants to the chicken farming industry in BC will be:
      1. Assigned to a mentor chicken farmer from the BC Chicken Growers Association.
      2. Coached by auditors at the BC Chicken Marketing Board.
      3. Required to take the Platinum Brooding Course.

    **We will post further information the New Entrant Grower Program when we are accepting applications. We are not currently accepting any applications.****

  4. Buy an Existing Farm.
    1. This is known as a complete farm sale. When a quota holder wants to retire from chicken farming and sell his land, buildings and equipment used for raising chicken.
    2. A buyer makes an offer to purchase. The seller must apply to BCCMB to approve the transfer of quota registration.
    3. If you are interested in buying an existing broiler farm, contact a farm real estate agent.
  5. Buy quota only and farm on a different site.
    1. You can buy quota from an existing farmer.
    2. Like a complete farm sale, the seller must apply to BCCMB to approve the transfer.
    3. The site where you plan to grow your chicken must be inspected and approved by BCCMB.