Backyard Poultry in the city of Alameda, CA
Local Discussion Groups
Three online groups are available for those wanting to connect with the local chicken community:
Alameda Backyard Chickens Yahoo Group email list
is intended for city of Alameda residents or those very close by. Some common topics are very local (e.g. coordinating food runs and the Alameda Chicken Coop tour).
Alameda Backyard Chickens Facebook page
is similar in scope.
There is also an
East Bay Backyard Chickens Google group
that that serves a larger geographical area: Alameda and Contra Costa county.
City Code and Rules
City of Alameda municipal code
allows residents to keep up to six domestic fowl in their yards, with some restrictions. Full details can be found in sections 7.4 and 7.9.
Various individual homeowner associations (HOAs) disallow keeping chickens, so be sure to check their rules as well.
The following stores provide chicken feed, supplies, and baby chicks, as noted:
See Spot Run
(2510 Santa Clara Ave) - Food and supplies.
Pet Food Express
(Bridgeside Shopping Center, 2661 Blanding Ave, Suite 9F) - Food and supplies.
Other East Bay:
Pollinate Farm & Garden
(2727 Fruitvale Ave, Oakland - co-owned by an Alamedan!) - Baby chicks, food, and extensive supplies.
(1441 Ashby Ave, Berkeley) - Baby chicks, food, and supplies.
Mike's Feed & Pets (710 E 14th St, San Leandro) - Baby chicks, food, and supplies.
Alamo Hay & Grain (3196 Danville Blvd, Alamo) - Baby chicks, food, and supplies.
(5288 Clayton Rd, Concord) - Baby chicks, food, and supplies.
Half Moon Bay Feed & Fuel
(331 Main St, Half Moon Bay) - Baby chicks, food, and supplies.
There are many online resources for learning about raising chickens and dealing with specific problems. Here are a few:
Backyard Poultry Magazine
The Happy Chicken Coop
Urban Poultry Resources from University of California Extension
Raising Chickens 101: How to Get Started (Farmer's Almanac)
The Alameda chicken community is informally organized. Communication is primarily accomplished through the email group.