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San Marino Mulls Allowing Residents to Own Chickens

The San Marino City Council is considering whether residents should be allowed to own chickens for personal urban farming purposes. What do you think?

It may soon be legal to own chickens in San Marino.

The this month ordered a staff report on the subject in response to a request from resident Pam King, who has a home with solar panels, a drought-resistant yard and an urban farm to which she now would like to add some chickens, the Pasadena Sun reported.

If the city gives chicken ownership the green light, it would be joining Pasadena, South Pasadena and La Cañada Flintridge, which allow residents to keep fowl but under strict guidelines.

At the San Marino City Council's direction, staff employees charged with researching the issue will pay particular attention to the following, according to the Sun:

  • Coop size and location
  • Number of chickens to allow
  • Discouraging commercial gain 
  • Possibly requiring a chicken permit

Do you think residents should be allowed to own chickens in San Marino? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Kristina Brown May 22, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Yeah for Pam! I would love to have a chicken coop as well! I hope it passes.
Stephen Smith May 22, 2012 at 04:15 PM
My vote is YES! I've wanted to have a couple of chickens for years. I have friends nearby with a pair and it has caused no problems. I've occasionally been gifted with some spectacular eggs. They certainly are quieter than that flock of peacocks and parrots that are roaming the neighborhood.
Jessica Hamlin May 22, 2012 at 10:30 PM
What city do your friends with chickens live in, Stephen?

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