You might like this - I got my first chicks in March and volunteered for the unpaid position of HOA President (the previous one quit). No one else wanted the job so I got it. I figured if anyone had a problem with the chickens, they'd have to complain to me. So here it is November and there have been no complaints. After laying low for a while, I've even casually mentioned to a few neighbors here and there that I have some pet hens like it's no big deal - I mean, don't you have pet hens? I've started sharing eggs and will have a nice bounty in the spring. That will help too. My experience has been that people really don't care as long as they don't have to see them, smell them, or hear them. Besides an occasional cackle, they satisfy that. Luckily, our lot is mostly surrounded by trees or shrubs. If anyone were to complain now, my kids and I would go door to door with our sweet silkies and get the rather vague covenants changed (who could deny me and my kids these wonderful pets!?) I'm not giving up my hens! (They are allowed in the county where I am so no problem there). Oh and the presidency? Well, that's a cinch. Just collect the dues and pay the mowers and insurance. Oh and establish a speed limit. Not too bad.