We are looking to get started in keeping chickens in our backyard, but our town Zoning Regulations are unclear about chickens. I am wondering if chickens are generally considered "farm animals" or if we can get away with having them as "pets". Here is the wording from our zoning board: "FARM ANIMALS: Any domestic animal maintained primarily for milk or food production or raw materials for natural fiber products including horses maintained for recreational purposes. FARM BUILDING: A building in which farm animals are housed or fed." And each zone has different "permitted uses". "Farming" is permitted in each zone except it is omitted from the list in the smallest one (R20), which is where we live. They also require a setback of 150ft from every property line for any farm buildings in all the other zones R40 and bigger. Here is how that is worded: "No farm building or manure pile may be located within 150 feet of any property line." So, I am wondering if I need to make a presentation to the Zoning Board to get the text changed allowing chickens specifically. Or, if they can be considered pets and not farm animals. And, I am also wondering if it would be a good idea to build a portable chicken tractor as opposed to a standard coop? Any advice or experience you can share with this would be great!!! Also, anyone else from Montville (including Oakdale, Uncasville, and Chesterfield) would be more than welcome to join this thread so we can work together on getting this changed if we need to. Thanks!