I moved here on 2 acres in the county and found out (after buying and moving) that I am not allowed to have backyard chickens. The zoning ordinance folks sent me the article that shows
" 4.05 NOTED SPECIAL CONDITIONS :1. Garden crop, but no sales structures. 2. Livestock or poultry only on lots over five (5) acres."
He also followed up with this after I questions some things.
"Unfortunately, our zoning does not allow any livestock on lots in the RB
district. In the RR district the zoning only allows livestock on lots 5
acres or larger. At this time backyard chickens (right or wrong) are
considered the same as a full fledged farm. In terms of what animals would
qualify as pets vs. livestock, our zoning ordinance does not define "pets"
or "livestock" per se, so I am forced to make a judgement call about what
animals are pets vs. livestock. I have typically considered chickens
livestock. In dealing with cases of poultry in places it should (or
shouldn't be) my office mostly operates on a complaint basis focusing
enforcement resources on cases we have received complaints about or that
have become a problem for neighbors."