This is a great board! I'd like to get some input while I write a letter to the town council, to be presented at their next meeting on the 20th. I live in western PA. Ordinance 1186 specifies, "It shall be unlawful to keep any animals, except household pets, within the Borough." Pets are defined as, "any dog, cat or other domestic animal normally and ordinarily kept in or permitted to be at large in the dwelling of its owner." The code enforcement officer and I had a nice conversation. He mentioned that plenty of people in town keep rabbits, and suggested I argue that the ordinance is vague, because it requires pets be kept "in a dwelling or yard..." Rabbits and hunting dogs would be examples of pets kept in the yard rather than the dwelling. So the thrust of the argument is that a few hens would be considered pets. For background, I don't have any chooks yet. I plan to get the town council to OK the idea first based on the existing ordinance if possible. Then I'll have ammunition if any neighbors complain about hens on any grounds except causing a nuisance, which I gather shouldn't be a problem. Any advice or suggestions? I'll post the letter here when I finish it. Thanks!