I'm so glad I've found you guys. I started my flock in April, and now have 4 laying hens, 1 late blooming hen, and one non-aggressive rooster who happens to crow. None of my neighbors have complained to me or my neighborhood association (HOA) about my chickens or my rooster. In fact, the ones that have noticed LOVE my chickens! My neighborhood association, however, has vaguely worded rules about what pets are allowed. In a nutshell, they allow "commonly accepted household pets like dogs, cats, birds, and fish." Silly me, I thought it was common for people to own birds that are chickens (I live in Albuquerque, where city ordinance allows for up to 15 chickens including one rooster). City ordinance here has never NOT allowed chickens! Yes, it's more common for folks to have cats and dogs, but chickens are relatively common. More importantly, my neighbors are okay with my chickens. My neighborhood association, however, is telling me to get rid of them immediately or face fines daily ($50/day). My campaign is multi-faceted, and why I'm writing here is to help me establish with my neighborhood association, and perhaps the courts, later, just how common chicken ownership is, and how it's not unusual for a household to have chickens as pets. And yeah, my babies are pets. <3 My kids tend them, collect their eggs, the chickens are all named and we love their personalities. We hold our chickens. We hand feed them. These aren't falcons or emus! So... how common IS chicken ownership in urban areas??? Are they as limited to barnyards as, say, horses? Cows? Herding dogs? Your input and direction is GREATLY appreciated!!!!