CORONA DEL MAR — As Michael Resk moves around his Spanish-style home, small bobbing heads mirror his actions, following him to the front gate, backyard and alley.
The chickens make it clear that he rules the roost.
When he walks around his Goldenrod Avenue yard, he's occasionally followed by the six members of his feathered flock — nicknamed the Goldenrod 6 — as they cluck, peck at the grass and dig holes in search of bugs.
Resk has owned the chickens for 16 months, but he ran afoul of city ordinances that prohibit owning poultry in Corona del Mar. But it's all a mix-up of semantics, Resk says, because his birds aren't for meat or eggs; they're largely ornamental.
His chickens — Red, Blackie, Flaty, Tiny, Blondie and Whitey — are the manifestation of an idea he had while sitting in his yard thinking they would be a nice decorative addition. But after a neighbor complained to the city, Resk was given two weeks to remove the birds. That was one and a half weeks ago.