We got a citation yesterday for our chickens :irked: The local ordinance says that poultry, as defined by the Florida statutes, are not allowed. And the Florida statutes defines poultry as domesticated food birds. Elsewhere, it distinguishes "live poultry" as birds prepared for slaughter and "dressed poultry" as birds slaughtered and to be sold as food. Also, in my research, I found a Fl Supreme Court case which describes chickens as "household pets" although it is dicta. So I'm pretty sure we have a good argument...these chickens are PETS we have no intention of EATING them. But I'm very irritated that a police officer spent half the day tracking down the code which in his interpretation says chickens are illegal when we have, actually, crimes to be prevented. Especially irritating is the fact that a couple of months ago we had a multiple incidents with teenagers throwing chunks of concrete at our house, putting two holes in the siding, breaking a window, and terrorizing me (who was sitting in front of a window a few feet away from where they hit, and also because my kids were outside at the time). We called the police immediately both times we were home when it happened, we also got a school paper with a name on it that one kid in the group dropped, also they were walking home from their bus stop so an easy group to find/question/etc, and I could certainly have picked the rock thrower out of the group as I saw him. In addition, the second day, the kids on their walk home also knocked out windows in two other houses and a truck. But a couple of weeks later I got a letter from the police saying they didn't have enough evidence (as if a name, an ascertainable group, lots of damage, an eye witness, and chunks of concrete prossibly with some prints on them isn't evidence). But now, apparently, the police have a lot of time on their hands, probably because they are skilled at letting trails run cold. I think a neighbor of ours might have complained...he is interested in the chickens and asks a lot of questions but is also a bit standoffish at times, and constantly manicuring his lawn. I'm very irked, but I'm going to fight it, I'm just not sure what would be the best route. Calling the officer's superior? The media? A petition? My city council member? (we're a small, considered eclectic little town) If anyone has had to deal with something similar, I'd love some help!