We currently own 2.24 acres out in the country but someone is developing a subdivision around us on three sides. The front side is the road. Then there is a lot to the east.. to our west runs the road for the subdivision with lots on the other side of that road. And behind us is a lot. So in a way we are surrounded. We dont have a whole lot of land but with some good fencing, we can make due. The land around us is for sale currently BUT, it has "no farm animals" restrictions on the properties so they are not of interest to us. I would not buy land if I could not plop a chicken coop or a couple of animals on it Plus the land that touches us, neither of them are really profitable for animals. One has a really high water table and its a mess. The other one, half of the land is a pond. Just not something we want. But someone might and we take into consideration that maybe one day we might have neighbors. But to be honest, I am not in favor of having neighbors. The subdivision had plans but didn't even have a road when we bought our property 6 years ago. We regret not looking ahead far enough but we also didn't think much when we built our house. So anyways here is the situation. Being that I know that the land around us has "no farm animals" restrictions among a bunch of other tight restrictions to "insure quality throughout" , I am wondering if i should continue adding animals. Right now I have ducks, chickens and goats. I am in the process of putting up a pig pen. I have ever right to add as many animals as I want. But you see, its my father in laws subdivision and he and I dont get along. I am wondering if my animals are causing a tension between us. If he could, he would toss every animal I have off my property because he thinks our property is preventing people from wanting to build on his lots. I really love my property. Its small but beautiful. It has character. My husband and I are determined to have our home paid off within 3 years by paying extra on the principal. And after that time, we do need to build additions because well.. we have a big family growing here now. We moved in with 2 kids and currently have 5 with hopes and dreams for more. We could build on additions and we need a garage. Township restrictions prevent us from building a barn because we own less than 2 1/2 acres unless we attach it to the house which isn't going to happen So here is the question. Would you build on additions, stay here and keep adding animals despite knowing that you are the biggest thorn in your fil's side and maybe, truthfully, you are hindering him selling lots in his subdivision but yet you have a passion and love for animals. Or would you sell your home and move right away?? Or would you pay off your current home, do lots of research and move onto bigger property surrounded by farm land where your animals bother no one? Or would you just not care and keep on doing things the way you have been doing them and not care about anybody else?