I accidentally turned myself in today... I was trying to find out if it was true that 5 hens are legal in the city limits so I could use that to sell my chicks I've been hatching. so the city guy asked me for my address and I automatically told him....oooops. I knew that would be a mistake. I try to protect myself from jerks who want to "enforce the rules" even when they aren't supposed to apply to me. My mom owned this property for 40 something years. My husband and I bought it from her in December. There have been animals of all kinds for 40 something years, but for about the last year, we have had only chickens and geese. About 15 years ago this property was annexed into the city limits, with a grandfather clause of course. The city guy told me pretty much NO CHICKENS IN THE CITY LIMITS PERIOD. I just got online and read the city ordinances and it says if you have half an acre you can have 3 hens. If you have a full acre you can have 12 hens. This is even without any kind of grandfather clause stuff. we have 3/4 of an acre. so I told the city guy that our property is grandfathered in. He said that grandfather clauses don't mean what they used to. I said, "that's sick!" . I told him that I bought the property from my own mother and he said that if it changes owners, then the grandfather clause is void. I did some reading on the net and that's not what I found. I found that even if it changes ownership, as long as it stays used for the same thing, then the grandfather clause is still in force. So can anyone help me out on this one? The guy says he'll do some research and get back to me tomorrow. It sounded to me like he's trying to bust me for my chickens. After the information I found, he's going to have a helluva fight. I know I"m in the right. I can even have roosters. I have 5 adult roosters, by the way. I have 25 laying hens, and 18 3 month olds. And I sell the eggs and have been selling baby chicks.