As promised, we have been making inquiries about whether it is legal to keep chickens in the District of Columbia. It seems we are not the only ones interested. Through our network of contacts, this portion of the D.C. Code surfaced:
Except as provided in this subsection, no person shall import into
the District, possess, display, offer for sale, trade, barter, exchange, or
adoption, or give as a household pet any living member of the animal kingdom including those born or raised in captivity, except the following:
domestic dogs (excluding hybrids with wolves, coyotes, or jackals),
domestic cats (excluding hybrids with ocelots or margays), domesticated rodents and rabbits, captive-bred species of common cage birds, nonpoisonous snakes, fish, and turtles, traditionally kept in the home for pleasure rather than for commercial purposes, and racing pigeons (when kept in compliance with permit requirements).
To clarify the issue of whether chickens might qualify as a "captive-bred species of common cage birds," a call was placed to D.C. Animal Control. The answer came back, No, chickens do not qualify. They are not permitted in the District of Columbia.
Obviously, something we need to change.