I live in a suburban area of Phoenix, Arizona. This past week, members of my city council came to my doorstep and said chickens were spotted roaming in my backyard. I do live in a community with an HOA and they also have said in the past we must get rid of them. At that time we had a total of 8 girls but we gave four away to reduce the noise. And still as I stated, were expected to get rid of them. After reading many posts with people having the same issues my family and I decided we will fight for them if we can. We do not use them for meat, just eggs we basically treat them as normal pets. They are all very loved and are held on a daily basis. The neighbors on each side of our house are aware we have them and don't care at all. We suspect someone behind us is complaining about noise, but it is not certain. I should point out that where we live most people have dogs and cats. The dogs bark all night long and the cats roam around the community and poop wherever they like. The cats are the bigger of the issue, as they make holes in the ground for they're defecation forcing us to dispose of it manually. It's hypocritical because the letter we received regarding the chickens says we cannot have them based in the fact that they're intentions (HOA and city), are "to preserve and promote a clean and safe living environment by eliminating conditions that contribute to blight and deterioration." When we said that to them they told us to contact the police, which doesn't even make sense to me. With that being said we do not eat them, we do not sell they're eggs, they all have names and unique personalities. They don't make a mess in the backyard and they live a great life for a chicken. The coop is usually clean, obviously they poop all night so that's cleaned up. My yard is very nice, a nice lawn and various plants surrounding the sides which gives my girls a great place to sit and relax to avoid the heat. They are loud when they want to be but it never lasts long and the dogs are much louder. I know having an HOA makes this seem impossible but there must be something I can do. We treat our girls like family and they are spoiled and we love them soo much! Please if anyone can help that would be most appreciated.