Monday, May 11, 2009

Chickens Anyone?

We have 4 chickens and love looking out in the backyard and watching their hilarious antics. The "free" eggs aren't bad either!
When I tell people about the chickens, almost everyone immediately blurts out . . .

"YOU'RE ALLOWED TO HAVE CHICKENS IN MILL VALLEY?"

and after I tell them yes, the city ordinances allow you to have up to 12 mature hens and no "QUACKING DUCKS OR CROWING ROOSTERS," they scratch their chins and ask,

"BUT HOW DO YOU GET EGGS WITHOUT A ROOSTER?"

And I patiently tell them that just like with human females, hens have eggs that have to come out, even if they aren't fertilized.

Chickens are fun! But here are the rules (verify these with a call to your local City Hall):

City of Belvedere: Check with the city.
City of Larkspur: Small animals allowed, no roosters (18.16.275).
City of Mill Valley: Maximum 12 hens, no roosters (6.12.120).
City of Novato: Maximum 12 hens, no roosters, more than 12 hens - permit required (19.34.060).
City of San Rafael: Permit required to keep chickens (6.04.010).
City of Sausalito: Permit required to keep chickens (6.8.010).
County of Marin: Maximum 12 hens, no roosters (22.32.030).
Town of Corte Madera: Check with the town.
Town of Fairfax: Chickens allowed if more than 25 feet of homes (6.16.050).
Town of Ross: Check with the town.
Town of San Anselmo: Check with the town.
Town of Tiburon: Permit required to keep chickens (20-1.003).

Email us with questions - Hilary and I both have 4 chickens a piece!

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