Originally Posted by lazy gardener
An other thought that keeps coming back to me regarding this situation is this: You have 5 acres. Is it necessary to put the coop that close to their porch? How close will it be to your house? If the shoe was on the other foot, and you had a neighbor that was putting his livestock close to your house, while his house sat several acres away, how would you feel about it? Chickens are noisy, even hens. And even with a well managed deep litter, there is the occasional cecal bomb that is not too pleasant when it's up close and personal. Of course, there may be extenuating circumstances, with the rest of your land not being suitable: too hilly, lots of boulders, forrested, wet... In that case, a privacy fence, and keeping the chicken yard neat and clean will go a long way towards keeping your neighbors on good terms. Nothing sours a neighborhood more than neighbor disagreements. It's your land... but your neighbors are close to the situation.
5 acres is a lot of land, but 150-175 feet is a long way. A square acre is roughly 200x200 - if you've got 4 acres arranged in a square, there's only 1/4 acre that isn't within 150 feet of a neighbor's property.
Go through your local zoning laws, make sure you're careful about any setback requirements, and put the chicken coop where you want to. You're paying a lot of money for your property, and (assuming) you're living in an area that allows these livestock - there's nothing wrong with using that property for one of its legally allowed uses. If people don't want to live near a guy who owns chickens, they shouldn't live in a municipality with zoning that allows them.
Keep the coop clean, and put up fences between the coop and the neighbor's yard - and if they have a problem with it, then they were going to have a problem with whatever you did anyways.
Originally Posted by donrae
Talk to your neighbor. They (probably ) won't bite and would enjoy getting to know you. And you never know who might be a great resource in your new area!
I agree that talking to a new neighbor is a good idea - but asking a neighbor for permission to do something on your own property is fraught with peril. You're much more likely to end up with a bad relationship with the neighbor if you ask them, they say no, and then you do it anyways, than if you just didn't ask in the first place.
Edited by CrazyTalk - 3/10/16 at 8:55am