(1) “For purposes of Housing programs: A domesticated animal, such as a dog, cat, bird, rodent (including a rabbit), fish, or turtle, that is traditionally kept in the home for pleasure rather than for commercial purposes. Common household pet does not include reptiles (except turtles). If this definition conflicts with any applicable State or local law or regulation defining the pets that may be owned or kept in dwelling accommodations, the State or local law or regulation shall apply. This definition shall not include animals that are used to assist persons with disabilities.
As for 2. smelly, I think everyone would agree that my mom's pet (see photo below) is more smelly than my pet chicken!
The issue of 3. coyotes, has much research already done... there is no statistic available that shows chickens attract more coyotes to an area than any other attractant, for example http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2008-05-02/618822/
Neither are there any statistics to show that a small flock will lower property values.... famous chicken owners such as the Duchess of Devonshire, Martha Stewart, Tori Spelling, Julia Roberts, Jennifer Aniston, Barbara Streisand, Reese Witherspoon, Hilary Swank, Helen Hunt and many others are quick to argue that point. One can always RAISE property values with this $100,000 coop sold by Neiman Marcus http://www.urbangardensweb.com/2013/10/24/100000-chicken-coop-what-the-cluck/
A quick Google search will readily reveal that chickens are no longer the lowly farm animal of the past, but are now a highly recognized urban pet and the fastest growing trend in the US!
All in all, I was really happy to be able to attend this session in the BEAUTIFUL New Braunfels River Chase community.... I found the residents who were present last night to be very open minded, reasonable people with very few exception!