I want to get some chickens for my backyard.
I live in Santa Rosa Ca, in what would probably be considered a residential neighborhood. I have a fully fenced back yard, that I am growing veggies in raised beds, and various assorted other plants. My neighbors are all VERY tolerant, and do not complain about anything... they all make much more noise than I do, and are outside all day in the summer time with loud 'oom pa pa' music from about 7:30 am til dark. Lots of loose kids, dogs, and garden plots in many yards. The people across the street have a herd of rabbits that are often loose in the neighborhood. My yard is approx 30'x25', and a long stretch of sidewalk to the gate. Oh, and I rent, but my landlord loves me and lets me do whatever I want here, because of all the improvements I have made to the property. There are people down the road who keep chickens, goats, horses, but they are a bit more rural residential than I am, and certainly have bigger yards. I cannot seem to find the zoning laws for my area, does anyone know of a free way to look those up? Also, is it practical to think about having chickens here? I am thinking 2 silkies, free range with a chicken tractor for sleeping in/ protection. I have 3 small cairn terrier dogs who will and do keep any other critters out of the yard, they have "treed" an oppossum several times now. They are pretty tolerant of any animal they view as "mine" but everything else better stay outta their yard... no rodents here:)Any advice?