Hi! I just joined BYC and I am so excited about discovering this site! I do not have chickens! I live in a subdivision with restrictions and am wondering if anyone has ever had the experience of convincing a Homeowners Assoc. to change their restrictions to allow laying hens? If so, how did you do it, what were the major points of your argument that made the difference? I have zero experience in the care and maintenance of chickens/hens, but I really want my kids to have the opportunity to participate in 4-H raising chicks and possibly building a tractor. I've done a lot of research already and I think this website will really help me in determining if this is a good thing for my family. I can't imagine that it wouldn't/couldn't be. I would also like some feedback as to what I need to expect when it comes to raising chickens. My experience in animal care doesn't go beyond a parakeet and dog. So, any suggestions as to what my expectations should be in chicken care would be really appreciated! Thanks to everyone who reads this and responds!