I'm new to the forum; trying to get my bearings here and see what's what! I did a forum search and didn't find anything else that addresses this, so I've started this new thread. I live in Suffolk, Virginia, and wondered if anyone around here could give me any info on local trends regarding backyard chickens. I called our zoning office and was told that unless I was zoned agricultural, chickens are a no-no. (I'm low-density residential.) Most of the code that I could find online dealt with commercial poultry operations, not 3-5 birds kept for personal use. Are there any local movements toward changing codes/laws in the area or region that I could jump in on? How about beekeeping? (Wrong forum, I know, but in my mind they're the natural first steps toward urban homesteading, so I'd assume that many people involved in one may be involved in the other?) Thanks!