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San Marino Hatching Plan to Legalize Yard Chickens

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Things are fowl these days in San Marino...yep, fowl: One of the nation's wealthiest communities is looking into making it legal for residents to keep chickens at home. If approved, San Marino would join neighboring communities like Pasadena, South Pasadena, and La Cañada Flintridge in allowing residents to keep chickens on their residential property.

"At the San Marino City Council's direction, staff looking into a law will pay particular attention to coop size and location, the number of chickens to allow, discouraging commercial gain and possibly requiring a chicken permit," reports the Pasadena Sun, who profile local Pam King, at whose urging the City Council has taken up this issue.

“I think it's a positive step to grow my own food, not rely on trucks and shipping from all over the world and make sure the stuff we're eating at this house is pretty organic,” King to The Sun.

Indeed, residential chickens are a growing trend in the Los Angeles area and around the nation, though experts caution to be sure you think through all that keeping chickens at home entails.

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So are you game for keeping chickens in your backyard?