My county has no ordinances whatsoever about keeping chickens. I don't think the issue has come up, as it used to be a rural area, but has now become suburban. I was delighted, because we are near enough to Washington DC that I was sure it wouldn't be allowed. However, after getting the chickens, my sister in law (who thinks I'm nuts) commented that I should really look at my Home Owners' Association rules. It had never dawned on me, duh... The rules state that I need permission to get ANY pet, including cats or dogs. That's all it says. So, basically, it's a ridiculous rule, because I guarantee that no neighbors of mine are calling the HOA for permission to have a goldfish, let alone cats, dogs, or chickens. So is this something to worry about? Or is it a case of, if someone complains, I should ask forgiveness rather than permission?! Fortunately, my neighbors haven't noticed that I have my girls, because I have a 6-foot fence and my property runs up against the woods. But now I feel like an outlaw, sigh.