Yesterday I get a knock on the door from the city code enforcement- someone had complained about "chickens or a rooster at this residence". Yes I have a loud rooster and coincidentally I had found him a new home a few hours prior (he goes there today at 3)- which I told the city guy. He said since I admit it and am solving the problem he doesn't need to come in my backyard and look- but hell come back in a week to double check. Then handed me a print out saying all poultry and rabbits cannot live within 50 feet of any dwelling. Here's my confusion: the code I read said for the zoning of my house I'm allowed upto 20 chickens and no rooster(hence the new home). I told him what I read and he said yeah- wuthout a permit you don't need a permit. -confusing- Ok so my frustration comes in because I have 2 other chickens 2 ducks and 2 rabbits (the rabbits I'm not worried about -they live in the house and I can easily lock them in a bedroom). But what about everyone else? I'm guessing the complaint was just for a rooster-since he didn't mention the ducks that live with the rooster. And I didn't tell him about the chickens. I love my "poultry" and have hand raised/cuddled them since they were a few days old -they all come to me for scratches and even sit in my lap - I admit the rooster was loud and needed to go but everyone else is fairly quiet -no louder than the neighbors yappy dog and they comply to noise ordinances which the dog doesn't SOOOO??? and then after he left and I could brew over the situation I felt like a gross animal horder or something- I'm totally offended by this whole thing!! Does anyone have any suggestions or advice?? Do you know if code enforcement is allowed to enter the property without permission?? He didn't give a day he would be back so do I hide all my animals for 2 weeks and hope I see him visit?