This is my story. I am living in Austin Texas and our city is a chicken-friendly city. Before I got my chickens, I've check city ordiance and make sure it's ok to have them in my backyard. After a year later, I got a letter from my utility company(north Austin MUD#1) and claimed they are following "restrictive Covenants" in our neighborhood (It's called Milwood) and forced me remove my 5 hens and 2 ducks. I followed all rules by keeping them clean and lock them in coop and duck cage after dark. They stay in an 20x20 enclosed area in the middle of my yard. Anyway, their lawyer sent me a letter and slapped me with $5000 fee and $200 fine per day because according to "restrictive Covenants" in our neighboorhood, chicken and ducks are considering "livestock". I can't even write to city council because they can't do anything about it. A friendly local chicken lover suggested me to talk to Barbara(Salemchicken.com). Barbara is very helpful and gave me lots help. Therefore, I went to the meeting last night and present my plea to the board members. Before I went to the meeting, I did ask for a copy of CC&R and look into rules regarding to chicken. According to our CC&R "Livestock and poultry. No animals, livestock or poultry of any kind shall be raised, bred or kept on any lot, except any owner may keep no more than two dogs, two cats, or two other household pets, provided they are not kept, bred or maintained for any commercial purpose." In order to change that, all I need is 51% of neighbors' votes but the expiration of our CC&R is 2017, therefore, nothing I can do until 2017. During the meeting, they only allowed me three minutes to address my issue, eventhough there were only 3 people wants to addressed their issues to the board. So I used all the tactics that Barbara suggested in her e-mail but they simply just won't listen (such as "I knew people have more than 2 dogs or snake as pet, why can't I have two hens as my pet?") They said "in order to keep the high property value in this neighborhood, I will not permit you to have any chicken" And when I mentioned about going door to door ask for 51% petitions, they said I will have to hire an attonery to verify the authentic of petitions. I even pleaed them to allow me to have two hens to keep as house pet, they still said no (very coldly). When I left the room, my teenager daughter was crying. She said that she hated the way they looked at me and treated us badly during the meeting. She said this is the first time she felt like people are treating us differently because our race (we are asians). I know this has nothing to do with the chicken, but I just want to tell you how bad the situtation was. Barbara also suggested me to find allies in my neighborhood by posting my story in this website. I felt so sad and useless. Does anyone who live in Austin Texas have any other suggestions?