I wouldn't mind you having chickens. I remember that hens can get pretty noisey when they are laying an egg, but there is alot of dog barking out here, so can't see that it would be a big problem.
Just be aware that the HOA sends out their little white trucks (we call them the "Narc Squad") to spy on everyone's yards and homes. This can be a good thing, when it helps to keep the neighborhoods clean. But it often borders on the ridiculous.
Complaint Letter - "You have weeds in your yard. You must remove them. We will check back in two weeks to make sure the problem has been taken care of."
2nd Complaint Letter (Received a few days later) - "You have a trash bin in your yard. You cannot have a trash bin in your yard. ( Of course we rented the trash bin from the Trash Disposal company, so we could clean up the yard per their original complaint letter).
It often appears that the people who get on the HOA board take their job way to seriously about many issues, and not seriously enough about others. Ex. - Pushing the restaurant on the homeowners. It has been losing money for years and years. The only reason it seems that the HOA keeps it going is to "please" the golf crowd that gets favored over other homeowners.
Anyways, there are alot of nice reasons to live out here. Just watch for those "Narc Squad" trucks.
Best of Luck.