Backyard chickens are making a comeback as a standard backyard pet, with the added benefits of eating pests (like black widows!!), fertilizing the lawn, eating all the weeds, and providing fresh eggs. I have 5 laying hens- I've raised them since they hatched in April.
In October, my HOA started sending me letters saying that the chickens are a nuisance and a health hazard... they're our family pets!! Much less of a nuisance than barking dogs!! ARGH! Anyway, to keep my chickens, I have to change the rules of my HOA, which means I need to go throughout the neighborhood and collect signatures of 67% of the homeowners in my neighborhood.
I'm in the process of changing the "rules" of my HOA. It would be very helpful to me in my cause to find realtors who are willing to sign a document stating that chickens do not automatically decrease property values. I keep getting mixed messages about this. The Heinrichs have chickens in the University area. It's legal in Albuquerque to keep chickens (and yes, my flock is all in accordance with Ordinance). Chickens have been in backyards for hundreds of years. And I have hens, not a rooster... Anyone willing to help me out??