I am in the process of trying to find out county/city laws and regulations regarding keeping around 3 backyard hens with a coop in my area. I was able to find one piece of information online from the NC Responsible Animal Owners Alliance that states that "It shall be unlawful to own, to keep custody of or take care of four or more chickens, rabbits or fowl or other small animals of any one type and a total of any combination of eight." Does this translate to mean that less than four (1-3) could be kept without breaking the law? I appreciate any help in this area from experienced chicken owners in my area of NC. Thanks!!