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Council Votes to Allow Backyard Chickens

Residents will be allowed up to three hens after obtaining a chicken permit.

San Marino chicken afficianados can now keep hens in their backyards, thanks to a Wednesday night city council decision.

After obtaining a special chicken permit from the city, residents can have as many as three hens that must be kept in coops at night, according to a report by the Pasadena Sun. Coops, the article said, must be at least 35 feet from neighboring homes. Chickens are free to roam within a fenced yard during the day.

The council voted 4-1 to lift a previous ban on the backyard birds, with Councilmember Richard Ward dissenting, the Sun said.

The council in May ordered a staff report on the subject in response to a letter from resident Pam King who wanted to keep chickens at her San Marino home.

San Marino joins Pasadena, South Pasadena and La Cañada Flintridge in allowing residents to keep fowl.

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