Yes, I know 'free advice is worth what you pay'...but I'd still value your input. I live and work in DC. I want 2 or 3 chickens, and I am lucky enough to have over 1/3 of an acre in a quiet, residential area of the city. The laws in DC are not only vague, there are actually two sections of the city code that are in direct conflict with each other, as the city is interpreting them now. One set of regulations outlines the conditions under which fowl can legally be kept, another bans the keeping of any animal not specifically mentioned in the language of the code. Chickens are not specifically mentioned, and the Dept. of Health has used that at least once to force people to remove their flocks. Anyway, as I see it I have four options. 1) Give up on chickens until we can get the heck out of the city. 2) Attempt to restart the process of changing the law. The last attempt died in council--not enough interest from our fabulous local lawmakers. 3) As many in DC have done, clear it with my neighbors, get a couple birds, and attempt fly under the radar. 4) Apply for an exception to the law that supposedly bans chickens in the form of an exotic animal permit for 'educational purposes.' I'm a teacher, and much of my second grade curriculum focuses on life cycles (sun feeds the plants, plants feed the chickens and the bugs, bugs feed the chickens too, chickens feed us, chicken poop feeds the plants--and that, Simba, is the circle of life ) Seriously, any input is appreciated. Thanks!