So hears my problem-
I live in a rual part of tn where chickens (and any other farm animal in fact) are aloud no doubt. I live in unincorporated land and that alows chickens and so does my county. The problem is the neighborhood I live in. It's a surburban neighborhood with a home owners association and my house is in a so called fish bowl lot. The rules never say that you can't own chickens but, I have heard some things that live stock animal are not aloud. So why would I ever consider getting chickens in this kind of neighborhood? Well it's not that bad if you take a closer look at where and how my neighborhood is. First- My neighborhood has two cow farms on two sides,a strip of land no more then 100 feet and then a horse farm. Then the rest of the sides are lind with corn fields. Second- You can hear chickens from my neighborhood. But to cut to the chase should I ask my HOA if chickens are aloud? Ask just my next store neighbors only(i have 6,luckily my family is on good terms with all of them except one who are moving) Or should I just keep it all a secret and do my best to stay low. Below is a list comparing things that chickens will relate to other stuff in my neighborhood.
Chickens Stuff in my neighborhood
Run maybe 80% of yards have a fenced in part of their yard
Feeder don't get me started on all the bird,cat and dog feeders
Waterers once again plenty of bird baths,cat and dog water bowls.
Coop plenty of sheds play houses and dog houses
Smell cows,gardens,fruit trees,horses
Noise again cows,other chickens,dogs,tons of birds and other loud noises
One more thing I forgot to mention is I have a rabbit hutch in my yard and so far everybody could care less.Also I read in a book that chickens can be live stock or considered pets. It said one definition of a pet is something you keep for pleasure or companionship,my chickens will fall into the latter.
So once again what should I do?(If you need more details please ask.) All help is aprciated,thanks!