We are situated in a very tiny village in Canada. Apparently if it doesn't state in the bylaws that livestock is allowed (ie: my chickens), than if someone complains in writing I could lose my entire flock. We have now decided that we need to move this summer coming up. I don't want to live somewhere that I can't be self sufficient. I have a 1 acre plot of land somewhere that is zoned as residential. I called the village office BEFORE I got my chickens and they said there was nothing in the bylaws stopping me. I had no idea that this could be sent to the City of Moncton Town Planning (a large city that is 40 km away from me, which does not allow ANY chickens at all). Now I am not sure what to do. Should I fight for it? The issue is coming from an Old Folks home across the street from us. A lot of my neighbours are furious with these old folks next door for trying to get rid of my chickens. I have over 5 families willing to write a letter trying to convince the village to let us keep our chickens. I thought they would be the ones to accept it the most because they are old.. Our province is a farming province.. Most older people grew up on a farm or at least had a family member who owned a farm.. Shouldn't they be smarter than to say chickens will create a vermin problem? Does anyone have any successes with fighting the bylaws. I love my chickens. I can't remember a time in my life where I have felt happier than the past four months I have been raising these feathered therapists. We tried to explain to the owner of the home that as long as food is stored properly, rats and mice are not a problem. I do have three outdoor cats that hang out with the chickens. I told the man that chickens will eat mice, but he outright said: NO they won't. He grew up on a farm apparently and said there were a lot of mice/rats. I have put way too much money and love into this. What should I do? Do you think I can fight this for 6 + months before something awful happens? I am going to look for a place in the country. I have been planning to have a place eventually, but I guess the time has come. I have found a place that I want, and if it is still on the market next summer, who knows? http://www.realtor.ca/propertyDetails.aspx?propertyId=11010188&PidKey=-152593001 The dream property.