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Keeping Chickens in Pleasanton

Original post made by Bird Brain on Jul 28, 2009

I'm interested in getting some egg layers for our back yard. I know that we're not allowed to have any roosters (noisy at all hours). But, I'm wondering if there are any restrictions on keeping hens in Pleasanton.

Any advice from someone who is already keeping chickens? We are on a 1/3 acre lot with a redwood fence enclosing our entire back yard.

Comments (9)

Posted by a neighbor, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 28, 2009 at 9:48 am

I believe a few years ago the city changed the ordinance to allow up to 4 hens. You should be able to call the city offices and verify this.

Posted by resident, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 28, 2009 at 10:25 am

If Hosterman can have a hawk a few hens should be no problem. Considering the lack of consideration from some of my neighbors (using every street parking space, loud parties past midnight, etc, etc) I am thinking of getting roosters . . . . .

Posted by In our neighborhood, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 28, 2009 at 10:40 am

Our local 4H family has a few hens. There haven't been any problems. The basketball goals that block the sidewalks and parking spaces are a bigger issue than a few chicks.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 28, 2009 at 12:11 pm

The mayor has a wild bird in captivity so I see no reason why you can't own a few hens. After all, there are hens cackling all over this town! hahahahahahahaha...

Posted by resident, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 28, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Cholo I usually think your comments are sort of dumb and off target -- but you really got it right this time. Cackle, cackle, cackle.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 28, 2009 at 7:15 pm

give it a good flush resident and it will deposit you in the right place...

Posted by Curtis, a resident of Parkside
on Jul 28, 2009 at 11:01 pm

The City's laws are available online: Web Link

and the rules specifically about chickens in residential neighborhoods:


18.32.030 Permitted uses.

The following uses shall be permitted in the R-1 districts: ...

F. Household pets including up to six female chickens.

Heard that chicken guana is great grass fertilizer; and that some homeowners build chicken coops on wheels that they push around their grass to make it really green.

Posted by Jackie Barnett, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 30, 2009 at 7:56 am

I am heartbroken. One of my chicks that I have given love to since they were 2 days old has turned out to be a rooster and can't stay with me and the other chicks. (It is illegal to have a rooster in Pleasanton) Sally (now Sal) is a beautiful light Brahma with white and black feathers almost 4 months old. He needs a safe and healthy home where he can live out a happy natural life. If anyone is interested in adopting a gorgeous regal rooster, please call me. You can come and visit....Thanks. Jackie Barnett 846-2512

Posted by resident, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 30, 2009 at 10:03 am

Have you posted this info at the feed and grain stores? Surely someone can help out. On second thought -- if my neighbors take every parking spot on the street and have another loud outdoor party, including drinking games, til past midnight I will be coming to get that rooster . . . . . and a leaf blower and a jackhammer and a, well you get it. How about a little less entitlement and a little more common courtesy?

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