Did you know it's totally legal to own chickens, cows, rabbits, and horses in Missoula city limits? There are some basic rules and regulations you need to follow, but if you're looking to start your own tiny ranch, you're good to go.

I don't know if I would exactly call this a life hack, but I'm down with anything that will save you money. Imagine having farm fresh eggs every day, or saving thousands of dollars on beef or milk every year. If you have the space in your backyard or plot of land inside of city limits, you definitely can. If you are thinking of becoming a small-town rancher you need to be aware of the regulations, however. I've lined out the basic ones to know. There is a line-by-line city ordinance you should also take a look at too. I've linked it here for your convenience. 



  • Max chicken allowed is 6
  • A permit is required and can be obtained a the city treasurer for a cost of $15.30
  • The chickens need to be provided with a well-ventilated, predator-safe shelter. The shelter needs to be maintained and cleaned by the owner and must have a size of two feet per chicken. The shelter can't be any closer than 20 feet to any residential structure.
  • The chickens have to be inside the shelter from sundown until sun up
  • During the daylight hours, the chickens need to have access to both the coop and the outdoors. They need to be in a fenced-off area outside to prevent predators and escape.
  • Chicken feed needs to be stored in a predator/rodent-safe space
  • The chickens can't be a nuisance to neighbors. This includes noxious odors, loud noises, etc. The city will respond to any complaints and could issue a fine.
  • The owner must provide adequate food and water


  • Livestock must be securely confined within a closed area
  • The owner must provide windbreak and shade for the animals
  • You must have at least one-half acre for the livestock and no other structures besides barns, stables, or other available structures provided solely for the livestock shall be on the land.
  • The owner must provide adequate food and water
  • Water irrigation or vegetation shall be provided from April 1st - October 31st to keep the dust down
  • Animal waste needs to be removed weekly


Happy ranching!

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