Hello, I am a new member, although it seems I won't be for very long. Based on articles I read in the Arizona Republic and sites such as this I thought the city of Glendale Arizona had begun allowing people to keep backyard chickens. I have had my 10 girls for over two years now and have become very attached to them ( and to the eggs) Yesterday I received a compliance order stating that I would have to get rid of them. I do not live in an HOA. I quoted the ordinance your site listed, which is the same as the newspaper stated, the compliance officer did some research and told me my suburban residence was zoned R16. She stated that only properties zoned as agricultural were permitted to keep poultry , such as "horse properties". Being as my backyard is about 2 and a half times the size of other properties in the neighborhood of single family residences I thought it was permitted even though this is not a "horse property". I am sick at heart about about this, and until the law is changed ( as, reading the newspaper article, I thought it had been) I thought you should let people know that keeping chickens is NOT permitted here. And yes, they are behind a fence and have a coop.