Yesterday I receieved a letter in the mail saying the following: The City of Troy recently received a complaint that chickens are being raised in the rear yard of address. A follow up inspection by the City on 09/05/08 confirmed the existence of a coop with several chickens. This is a violation of the zoning code. Webster's Collegiate Dictionary defines "Animal Husbandry" as a branch of agricultre concerned with the production and care of domestic animals. Animal Husbandry, including structures necessary to carry out such operations are considered agriculture use according to Section 1000.00310.3, and are not a permitted use in residential districts. Your property is zoned R-6, Two Family Residential. Agricultural uses are permitted in A, A-R, M-1, M-2, and M-3 Districts. The City of Troy herby notifies you to comply with the Zoning Ordinance by 09/22/08 and remove the coop and the chickens to a district in which such uses are permitted. After this date the owner will be cited for non-compliance and the City may seek legal action without further notice. Should you have any questions regarding this matter, please call this office at 339-9481 or visit us at www.troyohio.gov. At the top of the letter there was also a picture of the "coop" which is simply a dog house, the funny thing is, in order to take this picture the City worker would have had to trespass onto my property and probably into my back yard. Also, in reading this notice am I correct in thinking that since no exceptions are made; ALL domestic animals are illegal, or is this simply saying that I need to get rid of the coop? I need help and advise to try to keep our pets if at all possible. We are not using them for food, only for entertainment. I have a feeling someone "complained" after our Silkie rooster started crowing, which we thought was a hen until about a week and a half ago. I guess I should have rehomed him when we first found out, but I am afraid of giving him to someone that would use him as food. We are planning on getting rid of him, but we're afraid it may be too late to save the other 3 hens at this point. Help!