Brand new member of BYC, and posting my first question here. I live in Rio Rancho, New Mexico (a small-ish town next to Albuquerque). The city council has been going back and forth for awhile now on whether to allow livestock, particularly chickens and goats, to be kept in residential neighborhoods. In April the counsel finally approved the allowance of up to seven hens (no boys allowed) on properties of a half acre or larger. My home lot size is about 3/4 an acre, so my family would abide the new city ordinance.
But, here's my problem/concern: Our home is in a HOA community. Which rule/law supersedes the other? Can I legally raise chickens and bypass the HOA rules? Does the HOA have authority to override the city ordinance and ban chickens?
I don't want to ruffle feathers (pardon the pun!) and ask questions of the HOA to have them start monitoring my backyard for chickens. I do not yet have chickens but I'm of the mind to disregard the HOA since the higher governing body (the city counsel) has approved the ordinance. Has anyone experienced this or heard of others that have? I'd rather not have to hide my flock from the HOA if I have a leg to stand on with the city ordinance.