Hi, we live in a suburb that doesn't allow chickens, but we have them anyway. Bad us! In order to make our chickens less obvious to the neighborhood, they sleep in a coup in our garage at night and during the day they run around the yard. The laying chickens ask to come in when it's time to lay an egg by clucking at the back door. I let them in, they lay their eggs, and then they go back out when they're done. Right now we have 13 chickens and 11 chicks. We hatched and are raising some of the chickens for a friend who has farm land. Anyway, the chickens were originally for eggs, but now they are pets and part of the family. Since we started raising chickens, we've had several casualties along the way, but we're getting better at keeping them safe. I'm currently trying to help a chick who's suffering from constipation and that's what brought me to the Backyard Chickens site.