Originally Posted by MichaelM
I am a long time breeder of chickens and other exotic birds, but have not had any during the 16 months I have lived in Auburn. I recently purchased a home in Auburn that has a large back yard with privacy fence around it. I realize chickens would be likely out of question, but I'm wondering if I can get by with having a few non-native quail (Valley or Mountain Quail), and/or Golden pheasants. None of these species are very loud. Also, I know in many cities such codes are not vigorously enforced unless someone complains. Is that the way it works in Auburn? Any info appreciated. Thanks,
This is the code section that would apply:
Sec. 4-2. Areas where livestock prohibited.
(a) The stock district shall be as established by the governing body and shown on a map on file in
the office of the city manager.
(b) Inside the stock district described above, it is hereby declared that the keeping or maintaining of
any horse, mule, cow, sheep, goat, hog, fowl or any other such animal is a nuisance and the persons in control
of any premises where such animals are kept or maintained shall abate such nuisance.
(c) Outside the stock district described above, the keeping or maintaining of any horse, mule, cow,
sheep, goat, hog, fowl or any other such animal shall be regulated by Article V of the Zoning Ordinance of the
City of Auburn.
(d) Nothing contained within this section shall prohibit the maintaining or keeping of the various
animals described in subsection (b) for the purposes of instruction, experimentation or research at any
institution of higher learning.
(Ord. No. 319, §§ 1--3, 10-5-65; Ord. No. 1888, § 1, 12-21-99)
Cross References: Nuisances, Ch. 15.
Secs. 4-3--4-18. Reserved.
Apparently, you need to find out what the "stock district" is and if you are a part of it. If not, then you have to refer to Article V, which I cannot locate on the internet. You should ask for a copy of that article if you are not part of the "stock district". I would interpret this statute to refer to any type of bird - fowl would have its usual meaning - "1. the domestic or barnyard hen or rooster; chicken.
2. any of several other, usually gallinaceous, birds that are barnyard, domesticated, or wild, as the duck, turkey, or pheasant.
3. (in market and household use) a full-grown domestic fowl for food purposes, as distinguished from a chicken or young fowl.
4. the flesh or meat of a domestic fowl.
5. any bird (used chiefly in combination): waterfowl; wildfowl." - so that would most likely include quail, etc.