For many years, I assumed I could not keep chickens legally in a suburban backyard, although I read every book I could about them. Everyone I knew, knew I longed to have them as part of the cycle of life in my yard. Then one day I stumbled on to www.backyardchickens.com. After lots of research, I discovered it was okay as long as I followed a few of the city’s ordinances* in regards to keeping “fowl” including following the minimum distance from dwellings and not exceeding the specified number of hens permitted. Like most big cities, we can not have roosters.
*Before getting chickens, do your research, contact your local animal control, and find out whether or not your city allows chickens. Here is a link to the muicode library where many cities publish their codes. http://www.municode.com/library/library.aspx
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