I'm new to the forums but have already found a wealth of information here. My wife and I are finally moving from the city to a place just outside Austin with a bit more land (about 3 acres). The village we are moving to does allow up to 10 chickens but our property, which was recently annexed has previous deed restrictions prohibiting fowl. My thought was to request a variance from the nearby land owners, as thats the process called out in the deed restriction. I've read some other posts but would be open to any advice from others who have been successful as well as any sample letters or wording I can use to further my cause. Here is the exact wording of the deed restriction: "No animals or poultry shall be kept or maintained upon any building site with the exception of pets (dogs, cats, etc.) in small numbers" "The foregoing paragraph should not preclude the keeping as pets or animals other than the above mentioned , provided such are ordinarily kept as pets in a residential subdivision,and provided they are not kept or bred for any commercial purpose" My initial thought was to send a letter laying out that we'd like to have about 6 chickens. The current village ordinance is 10 but, since this is a deed restriction requiring neighbor approval, we thought we'd make our request lower, given that we do only want to use this for personal production. We also were going to include a picture of the coop we plan on purchasing and show the location of where it will go on our property. I'd love to have some additional facts and figures to share with them in hopes of making their decision easier and thank the group in advance for any suggestions they have.