We've lived here just over a year. We're on 2.6.... acres zoned Woodland Conservation and Rural Farming, back up to a dairy farm on 2 sides of our property. There's barn cats every where, a few neighbors have chickens. I sometimes see them along the road, nobody has ever had problems. in fact, our neighbors apparently used to have goats. Anyways, in May we got 6 hens. They lived in our upstairs bathroom until they were big enough to go outside and since maybe July, we've been letting them out. The other day I caught them up in our neighbors yard. He had just mowed/picked up leaves and they were in the back corner of his property digging in the leaf pile. I got them back down and put them away. I know they're bigger and expanding their territory and I've been letting them out less often and later in the day so they don't wander as far. We also were given 4 Muscovy ducks almost 3 months ago and they are only temporary residents (IYKWIM). So, the neighbor came over yesterday, asked both me and my bf to come outside to talk. Says this week the chickens have been up in his yard and he doesn't mind them on the lower part but they were in his mulch and he's not ok with that. I get it. I wouldn't want someone elses animals digging up my mulch either. Then he starts talking about how we only have 1.5 acre and he's seen my chickens down on the next road (which is 1/4 mile away and I can promise, they weren't mine) and then says he doesn't want to start headaches because we'll get fined if the codes people come out and we're only allowed to have 4 birds. It was really a "read between the lines" talk that he had already talked to someone and I'm half expecting someone to come out here now. This is what I was able to find online reguarding the codes http://elibrary.pacounties.org/Documents/Berks_County/303; Alsace Township/4201102120mzo.pdf Am I really reading this right that under 3 acres we're only allowed to have 4 birds when we're zoned agricultural??? Really? We're in a farming town, everyone farms. My neighbor 2 houses down has 8 birds and I know another family has 5 or 6. We're in a small "development" but it's 19 houses all with 1-3 acres on a dead end road. It's not like the new cookie cutter developments. People have tractors, burn piles, ponds, etc in their yards. Our township (Alsace) doesn't actually have a code enforcement person because I called before we moved here to make sure we could have chickens. They hire a company in another town to handle the zoning and codes. My chickens, as much as I hate to do this, will be kept in their run only until we can figure out a way to let them be out again. They rarely ventured into his unused yard where he said he doesn't mind them being and were almost always in our front garden beds, down in our woods, and around the house. If it's true that we're only allowed 4 birds, how can I go about approaching the township about getting it changed? I find it mind blowing that we'd be able to have a kennel of outside dogs with no problems and yet a few birds can get us fined.