Here is the final proposal that was suggested to the city. The also got a page and a half of FAQs.
Proposed changes to City of Yreka Municipal Code
Section 8.04 General Provisions changed to allow for keeping of chickens.
Proposed text change (changes noted in bold type), Section 8.04.20:
(a) It is unlawful for any person to keep, stable, corral or otherwise maintain within the city limits any horse, mule, fowl, ass, sheep, goat, swine, cattle or ruminant, or any number of such animals, except as specifically permitted under provisions of this chapter; provided, however, the provisions of this section shall not be construed to prevent the working of any such animals or their use or display in a parade.
Proposed additional subsections.
Keeping of Chickens; Permits Required
It is unlawful for any person to keep, harbor or maintain any male chicken (rooster) within the city.
It is unlawful for any person to keep or maintain within the city, or permit to be kept or maintained upon land belonging to such person, any female chickens (hens) except as follows:
All hens kept, harbored or maintained by their owners in the city shall be registered and permitted as herein provided.
A total of not more than six hens may be kept and maintained in a clean and sanitary pen or structure, no part of which shall be located less than thirty feet from any residence, other than a residence occupied by the person owning or in possession of such animals; and, provided further, that the keeping of such animals shall not create a health or nuisance problem.
Chickens shall be registered with and permits shall be issued by the city clerk or other designated agency, on payment of a permit fee established by resolution of the city council. Said fees shall be for each calendar year or a fraction thereof.
No owner or keeper of a chicken shall allow or permit such chicken, whether permitted or not, to roam within the city in or upon any public place or premises, or in or upon any private place or premises other than those of the owner or keeper except with the consent of the person in charge of the private place or premises.
Suggested rate structure
Permit and fees would be annually, on a per flock basis. Suggested initial annual fee is $10 per flock of not more than six (6) hens.