Jackpot, your question is probably going to have to be addressed by your specific community, rather than by your town. See, even if the town/city of Mays Landing permits chickens, if your specific seniors community has any kind of governing body (like a homeowners association, co-op association, etc) - then that association or governing body may have rules that trump municipal laws.
Such associations/governing bodies are notoriously strict and may lawfully govern even the seemingly simplest of things that the rest of us take for granted - like what color(s) you may or may not paint the exterior of your house, the exact length to which your lawn must be cut or manicured, whether or not you may have BBQ grills or clothes lines or even lawn furniture outside - even if it IS your property... I've known people who lived in such communities where they were not permitted to have my antique Oldsmobile parked in sight (it had to be IN their one-car garage instead of their own modern car) when I was visiting for a few short hours! And believe me - my Babycakes (pic below) IS NOT an eyesore, either - it's just, well, old. 36 years old. It's a 1980 Olds Cutlass Brougham special edition sedan. At the time, it had all of it's own original body parts with original color paint... although NOW it has two fairly recent donor doors in another color that I haven't yet had the chance to re-paint in it's original dark blue... one is light blue an the other is brown. Still... it's not in bad shape - no dents, all painted, and original chrome (it's loaded with chrome, lol). I imagine that these (and similar) such associations would hardly permit chickens, if an old car was considered unbearably unsightly. lol
So start off by asking your community association, if it has one. If not OR if they are ok with chickens, then go to your city/town hall or municipal building, and ask in both Zoning and Animal Control (usually located within the Health Dept) for any statutes pertaining to having chickens. Or ask your city/town Clerk the same.
Edited by Sessie - 4/13/16 at 6:50pm