How is the battle in your area. Our area in the PNW has experienced a great deal of recent growth. My town is a churning morass of investment vs. no growth, local vs. state, outsiders vs. longtimers, etc. , etc, etc. Every kind of developement, investment, environmental, and animal rights group is well represented. My neighbors are VERY concerned about anything that they think might lower the value of their property. They are also mostly well educated, affluent, and highly idealistic. New, more restrictive, regulations (against tree cutting, for animal rights...against dangerous dogs, for view preservation....) are passed with a head- spinning frequency. I suspect this situation is fairly common here on a backyard chickens board. As a result I have had to admit that I am trying to set a good example of why chickens in the yard are a good - not a bad thing. My chickens are fewer, cleaner, and housed in much more asthetically pleasing surroundings than they would be if I lived in the country. I shudder a little when people talk about keeping their roos, letting their chickens free range in their neighbors yards in areas where this WILL CAUSE CONFLICT. It is very difficult to convince one of my neighbors that my hens will pose no problems since they have already "been there, done that" with another more disrespectful neighbor at their last place. Sigh. No regulations - yet. But I have been visited by the county twice already. So far, thank heavens, the comments have all been favorable. They have been of the sustainable, local, agriculture is a good thing variety. Still people are quietly watching. My closest neighbor likes the fresh eggs and may get a small coop for her garden also. YAY!