In our neighborhood, Falls River of Raleigh, NC, we built a coop. A nearby neighbor also built a coop. We got a letter saying coops were not allowed, which is a whole controversy in itself. However, my neighbor got a letter saying that chicken coops are not in keeping with the architectural continuity of our neighborhood. This is laughable because the style is Colonial Revival, Craftsman, and Prairaie style! Those folks had chickens! I've seen the thread with the ad for people to keep chickens from 1918. But when did people stop keeping chickens in their back yards? Only a generation or 2 later and we have a group of people who find it unbelievable that we would be so uncultured as to keep chickens. I am preparing an argument to go before the board of directors on the 19th. Can anyone tell me about when chickens became out of vogue? I'd guess when food became fast and refrigerators were a household staple. Thanks for your input.