Hi all. I joined this forum to educate myself on chicken coupes, not for myself, but to possibly confront my neighbors about their very large coupe. First off, I have no problem with them having chickens from a noise standpoint. I bought the house diagonally behind them about 3 years ago and they had chickens when I moved in. The noise was a little annoying but my wife and I got used to it. Now in the 3 years we've been here their coupe has probably doubled in size. I'd say it's now about 10'x20' if not more and they now have chickens, pigeons, possibly a turkey and every once and a while a rooster. The rooster doesn't seem to be there all the time. My only complaint about the large coupe is now the smell. I started to notice middle of last summer. Whenever it rained or got humid the odor would be fairly strong. At one point we had a large cookout in our backyard and the smell was all our guests would talk about. It was very embarrassing. I live in the city of Taunton, MA. It's a large city, but the area I live in is all single family homes in a big loop. We all have about a 1/2 acre of land. My neighbors coupe is located where the corner of property lines meet. My town also doesn't seem to have any solid rules regarding fowl as far as how many you can have. They only state that noisy roosters are not allowed. There is also rules from the zoning board as far as distances from neighboring properties. It's only mid april and it rained last night and I can already smell the coupe while doing yard work this morning. Speaking to all of you as chicken owners, I'd like to know the best way to approach this problem. I have not talked to my neighbors since they live behind me on a different road. I'm not expecting them to get rid of the chickens, but I really don't want to smell them while enjoying my back deck drinking morning coffee. I also don't want to start a war with my neighbors. I called the zoning board and board of health last year and to my knowledge nothing came of it. Can it be difficult to clean and maintain a coupe the size of theirs? I have no idea if and or how they dispose of any waste. Judging by the smell already coming from their yard, I wouldn't be surprised if they don't. I should also state that I think there may be a language barrier when dealing with the neighbors, which is another reason why I am hesitant to approach them. Or should I not approach them at all to avoid conflict and deal with the city only? In closing, I'm not here to start a war on the boards. I admit I have no need or want to raise chickens, but that doesn't mean I think nobody should be allowed to. I'm just looking for opinions on how to proceed. Thank you all.