I live in Buena Park, near Knotts Berry Farm, I'm gonna start a small coop for chickens. The lady at city hall hasn't given me a direct answer if I can or can't have em. I also have a cabin up at Lake Isabella where I have 13 gunieas. I am thinking of getting a incubator for a hobby. Can I keep it in the house or r there any smells to it?
I just started with a bator, but I don't think keeping an incubator indoors for hatching smells. Of course, keeping the chicks and their brooder indoors will, but it won't be too bad while they're smaller and with proper cleaning and ventilation. However, the dust and dander can be obnoxious after 1.5-2 weeks, IMO and IME. 😝 After 2 weeks, I keep my chicks outside on the patio. Or if I get chicks in the summer, I keep them outside the whole time to minimize mess and dust in the house. (Of course I make sure they are secure from predators.)
Have you tried to see if BP's city ordinances are online? They are a matter of public record and should be available to you to research either online, or wherever the ordinances are maintained for public access.
ETA: Did quick search for you. Here's the code on the keeping of birds:
Definition of "bird": http://qcode.us/codes/buenapark/view.php?topic=6-6_04-6_04_040&frames=on
City of BP defines "fowl" as bird kept for consumption.
So, by my reading of the code, it seems like BP will allow up to 10 mature birds provided coop is 50ft from dwelling and 10ft from property lines.
Edited by UrbanFarmOC - 1/25/16 at 12:12pm