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Suisun City, CA - No Chickens says Code Enforcement

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So the typical story - quietly raising three hens in the backyard since May.  The Code Enforcement officer left a violation notice yesterday afternoon saying no chickens or rooster allowed in city limits, and citing the code.
What really set us off was that we had looked in the code, and it was pretty nonspecific, i.e. no more than three animals of any species, no letting birds fly around.  The section that the officer quotes is buried under the yard zoning sections, and has different limits on animals (5 mostly, zero poultry).  These different codes seem to conflict, but the stricter one may trump (wife is a lawyer btw).

While we will fight these by all avenues available, the most desirable route is to get the code cleaned up to allow hens.  This is a small suburb of a suburb (Fairfield, county seat of Solano, San Francisco Bay area).

I already have the support of some of the neighbors, and will be talking to the city soon.

If you live in Suisun and would like to help, please let me know.  Any other help would also be appreciated.

Thanks for reading.

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this will sound weird but do either of you have a medical need for a high protein diet?
I live in an area that became a city a few years ago and I told them to grandfather me in since I was here first . I also told them that I have a medical need for a high protein diet and all but chicken, and salmon make me very sick.. My doc backed me up with a letter.
Well needless to say their response was we will have to talk to our lawyers...that was over 2 years ago.. I do have a roo --a Silky roo and I will tell you out of all the roos I have had Silkies are easy to train if you start from a chick.  He knows that if he needs to crow he is to come inside.
I have a 96% rate of compliance with him. None of my neighbors complain- Ilive in a court.  Letters from the neighbors are great..get as many as possible.


Edited by silky ma - 8/22/09 at 12:04pm
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Generally, if they annex you into the city, uses you are currently allowed are grandfathered in.

Breeder & Exhibitor of fine silkies in recognized and project varieties.
adult and started pairs occasionally available;
   No eggs or chicks. 
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Breeder & Exhibitor of fine silkies in recognized and project varieties.
adult and started pairs occasionally available;
   No eggs or chicks. 
Support your local poultry clubs, breed clubs, ABA & APA!

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My husband and I were researching the possibility of raising hens in our backyard and we came across this post. As citizens of Suisun City, we thought this was ridiculous and it gave us yet, one more reason to regret purchasing a home in this city.  I realize it is four years later, but can we still help? And if so, how?


Edited by lisswid - 5/5/13 at 7:28pm
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Several years later, I too am curious about this law.

I hear roosters all the time.  I want to raise Muscovy Ducks which are a lot quieter. 

 

I would also like to know if I can help or what was the verdict.

 

Brian

- Wigeon way.

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Our neighbor has a duck that I often see in the front yard in a kennel.  My land lord said I could have chickens if I wanted.  I currently have 2 hens (eggs) and 16 chicks (meat birds) and now I'm afraid of getting caught.  Suisun is such a small community.  I'm not sure what to do.  I suppose if they say 'no chickens' I'll have to give them to my MIL who lives in the country a few hours north.  :( 

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