If you are going to be considering adding chickens to your backyard, I would recommend that you FIRST, to the following: (1) Check the state of the laws in your area; (2) Get your neighbors on board or at least give them a heads up. Even if you have an iron clad absolute right legal to have chickens on your property, if you are very close to other people, extend them the courtesy. Bring some eggs over. Have a yard party (maybe a brunch) where you feature eggs and chicken (unless you are a vegetarian). Serve booze. Have someone come over dressed in a chicken suit. Give everyone a rubber chicken to take home. Show the video "The History of the Chicken" from PBS. Don't keep roosters. Make your coop look pretty. Don't use chickens as a weapon of war. Even if you win the battle, you will lose the war (of public relations). Attorney and former planning commissioner and chicken owner.