I live in Unincorporated Hillsborough County Florida and we aren't allowed to have chickens AT ALL if we are zoned residential Unfortunately using the argument of having chickens as Pets doesn't work due to the wording of the ordinance. Animal: A living organism other than plants, bacterium or humans. As used in this Code, animals are further defined/classified as follows: Exotic Animal: All animals which are not farm animals or household animals as defined by this Code. Farm Animal: Animals commonly associated with farm use including but not limited to domestic hoofed mammals and domestic fowl. Domestic Fowl: Birds commonly raised for consumption, egg production or personal enjoyment which include but are not limited to chickens, ducks, turkeys and geese. Domestic fowl shall not include ostriches, emus and similar birds. Domestic Hoofed Mammal: Cattle, sheep, goats, horses, pigs, etc. Household Animal: Animals which are customarily kept for personal use or enjoyment that are not exhibited to the public nor raised for commercial purposes. Household animals shall include domestic dogs, domestic cats, white mice, domestic rabbits, birds, fish, and other similar pets. However, in no case shall household animals include farm animals or exotic animals as defined by this Code. Oddly enough I can have Emus and Ostriches if I just send in a request to have an exotic animal (which from what I understand carries no cost and pretty much gets granted to any who ask). Backyard Bee Keeping is now allowed but not raising chickens?? The city of Ybor and the city of Tampa allow chickens but not the County? It all seems rather ridiculous to me. I want to take my fight to the Commissioners to get the Ordinances changed and allow for backyard chickens in residential zoning without some of the crazy limitations they tend to put on it (i.e the coop must be 150 feet from the property line). I'd like to even be able to keep my pet roosters who are no more annoying than the barking neighborhood dogs. I need help from others in Hillsborough County who support backyard chickens. If there's anyone out there who's already started the fight for Backyard chickens (or won it) I could really use the information on how and what you did! Unfortunately as a new mom I really just don't have the time to devote to researching etc that I would like so if there are others out there who can help it would be VERY Appreciated! My fuzzy flock doesn't want to have to find a new home..