I live, literally, just outside the city of Galesburg, MI. My street is actually where the city ends; everything on the west side of the street is within city limits, everything on the east side of the street (where my house is) is outside the city limits. According to our zoning ordinances I cant have chickens (I cant even raise meat rabbits, but I can have pet rabbits--how they would know the difference I dont know, the ordinances are really strict and thorough and I've tried finding a loophole). I've looked into the right to farm act, and from my understanding that is just for commercial uses. I only want 6 hens, to provide eggs for my husband and I. We live on just under an acre of land, and our land backs up to agricultural land (wooded acreage, than fields). The person no more than quarter mile east away from me, which from what I can see from the zoning map, is zoned exactly the same as my land, has a horse farm (though that farm has been there for at least 20 years, so maybe it was grandfathered in). Does anyone know how I can go about having chickens legally? I'm really just looking for a place to start. As far as I'm concerned, If the city of Kalamzoo allows you four chickens with the permission of your neighbors, Galesburg should allow chickens too. I'm not opposed to getting my neighbors permission and having them illegally. I just want to try it legally first. I've no idea where to start, and would really appreciate any advice offered.