Heeeeeeeeeelp!!! I started my very first flock this year: 7EE pullets, 7 Buff Orp pullets, 4 Packing Peanuts, and 6 assorted silkies. They should finally be laying age right around the beginning of May, BUT... I may have to move to a new house that is within the city limits of a small town about four hours away from where I am living now, and I don't know if they are zoned for poultry! I can't seem to find out from the city website, and haven't been able to find out from anyone in the local area who I should even ask. The house I am moving into has a nice area for a potential small coop, but the neighbors are rather close and I am worried about the noise. So please, if any of you can help: How might I find out local ordinances concerning poultry in the backyard (keeping in mind that I am about four hours away from the town at present)? If they're technically NOT allowed, what would you do? Is there any sense in trying to keep a few hens "in secret"? There's a huge privacy fence, but as I mentioned the neighbors are pretty close...would just a few, refugee hens make enough noise that anyone would even notice??? Thanks so much in advance for your support...I'm pretty upset at the thought of having to get rid of my entire, carefully raised flock...BEFORE EVEN GETTING A SINGLE EGG!!!