I am a volunteer for a committe that is concerned with maintaining guidelines concerning use or improvements on lots in our HOA. I know there are a lot of folks that don't seem to like HOAs, but our HOA is important because we have a community water system and a community park and greenbelt system. I don't like being told what to do with my property, but I think there are some good things HOAs can do to create a community environment. More and more I think that local ordances should apply though for a lot of cases. Our covenants, which include prohibition of keeping livestock including poultry, have been in existance since the 60s, and our community was originally so far out of town that it was considered viewed by the developers and first residents as a recreational community. Now it's a big mix, including a lot of families and modest homes. We are still very much adjacent to wildland areas, and are frequented by bears, rats, and other wildlife. I like the idea of keeping chickens; I only wonder if they (or more like their food and waste) will attract wildlife. Our committee is considering the keeping of chickens, and I am very interested to get some good references or suggestions for what are well reasoned allowances/limitations for keeping chickens.