Chicken Fight: Newport Beach May Nix Man's Pet Fowls

Goldenrod 6 asked to leave after noise complaint, city code violation

A Corona del Mar man is fighting to keep his pet chickens after a warning from Newport Beach that the birds are in violation of city code.

Dubbed the Goldenrod 6, the flock has been living in Michael Resk's backyard on Goldenrod Avenue for about the last 14 months. He equates the pets to fish in an aquarium.

"I thought the chickens would just be fun to have in the yard," said Resk. "It's relaxing. It kind of takes you out of city life for a moment."

"They're amusing," said neighbor George Naidus. "They're a nice distraction. I think they're wonderful with kids."

At least one neighbor complained to city officials about noise, which led to a visit from Animal Control.

"Which is fascinating considering I think the neighborhood's all endured some barking dogs over the years," Resk said.

Wild fowl and game birds are not permitted in the city without a permit, according to city code, so now Resk has two weeks to get rid of the birds.

He's hopeful he'll be able to keep his flock.

"There hasn't been a formal citation issued," he said. "Obviously our hope is that we can get enough support through the media and through possibly a Facebook page that we've started for them, where we can approach City Council and see if they're amicable to at least allowing these to stay, if there's a permit or some sort of modification that we need to do, I think it would be to the benefit of the neighborhood."

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