After several years of keeping chickens quite happily, I was frustrated to find out that in the views of the Kirkland code enforcement team, chickens are not allowed on lots less than 35,000 square feet (.8 acre). Before we ever started keeping them I read up and based on the pages which stated that the King County rules applied (no chickens at large, 5 pairs) and I've somewhat kept to that (down to 5 hens and a bunch of chicks, not all of whom stay). Then I read the annex guidelines and found out that only in newly annexed areas are you allowed 3 chickens per .8 acres. In Kirkland proper, no chickens allowed. I am not getting rid of my girls. I found a letter (tabled) to the planning commision asking to adopt rules similar to Seattle (six chickens) but it was apparently ignored. I'm probably going to attempt to contact planning council members and start bugging people, but part of me says leave well enough alone. The code guy was complaining about a tipped over trash can. (yes, really) and specifically said "I wasn't called about chickens, and I don't know or want to know about them." to which I said, "In that case, I don't have any." If I keep my mouth shut and stick to the no rooster rule I should be fine (even I know that most of the chicks I'm raising have to go - never been a question). I know four other people within two miles who keep them (know as in "have seen chickens in their yard") but it appears that we are all just doing the "keep them and keep quiet" thing. Anyone been to planning commision meetings before?