Hello Fellow Chicken Lovers! Hope you all can help me in my state of shock or depression. I went to a city counsil meeting tonight and was shot down to bring my flock of 7 hens and 2 roosters to a subdivision I moved to. Opposition was that there would be foul smells, I explained that my small flock doesn't smell because I clean the coop and properly compost the manure. Another concern was that a family has kids with allergies and the chicken dander or feathers would complicate the problem (this subdivision is in a woods full of deer and all kinds of critters and trees and weeds). The complainant that was concerned about her kids allergies started crying about the safety of her kids, she was worried that the chickens would attract coyote. There are no coyote in the area, just fox. A counsil member in opposition said that he researched the issue and was worried that the chickens would attract skunks and other predators. I explained that chickens are locked up at night and eggs are collected daily so predators would not be a problem with my flock. There was concern about chickens crowing, I said I would agree to remove the roosters if it bothered people. I travel to the chickens after work to feed and water them, they act like puppies. Is there anything I can do further, is the decision worth appealing? I am awe struck by the ignorance of the neighborhood. Barking dogs, loud kids, bad lawn ornaments, etc are ok, but whats not a problem is not ok.