Hi everyone! I've just joined after a long time lurking about because I am finally in the process of closing on a home with a yard--I've been living in a condominium for over ten years and so this will be my first opportunity to keep chickens! I am a complete chicken newbie but I have wanted them for years. I've got a problem, though--the home I am buying has an HOA, and the HOA says no chickens. I have posted about this in greater length on another thread (here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1158576/getting-an-hoa-variance-in-las-vegas-nevada), but the long and short of it is that I was assured that chickens would not be a problem by the HOA's management company and the owners, but when I went under contract and got a copy of the CC&Rs, they were explicit that poultry are not permitted to be kept, so even if everyone is OK with me keeping them now, I am not protected if we change management companies or board members or neighbors down the line. My plan is to apply for a variance with the HOA so I can still keep chickens and have something "on the books" protecting me... I've never done this before but I am hoping that if I am very thorough, I stand a good chance of still making this work. I know it's a long shot but any advice or guidance is definitely welcome! It's so frustrating to be moving from a condominium where I have no place to keep chickens, to a house with a huge yard and plenty of space but still the possibility that I will still be held back from keeping chickens!