I'm still researching whether or not to get chickens, and have hit a major brick wall. I called to see about the laws regarding keeping chickens, and was told it's against code to keep chickens within city limits. This has me a bit baffled, as there are farm fields behind and all along one side of our sub-division, a cow pasture next to one of those fields, and a home with horses practically directly across the street from the main entrance to our sub-division. I live out in the country! It's at least a 30 minute drive to get to any major city from here! Anyone on here from Portland TN, or has anyone been in a similar situation and have some advice? All I want is just 2-4 chickens to help take care of the bugs, fertilize my garden, and provide a few fresh eggs. Maybe there's a way to get a permit or exemption or something?