Progress report: The Beavercreek planning commission has a proposed code change on the table. (Because they tabled it at the last meeting). It looks promising with an allowed 6 hens (Ohio won't allow the sale of less than 6 chicks because they are 'for agricultural use') on lots larger than 15,000 sq ft (about a third of an acre). After that they got bogged down in size of coop, type of coop, size of run, type of wire, etc. and hence tabled it for next month. I suggested that they only need to relax the prohibition on chickens and let the existing laws on noise, trespass (errant birds), pollution (health concerns) take over, but they wanted to get a lot of strictures in place. I also said there's plenty of information on best management practices for chickens out there but forget to say that people that don't follow those practices probably won't have chickens for long!
Anyway, chances look good, so there's hope in Beavercreek