Coop close to neighbours house

Bucky Wunderlust

Aug 11, 2020
Hello, I do not have chickens and have come here for some expert advice. I have no problem with chickens, but saying that, I have recently bought a house [yet to move in] and have noticed that next doors house keep chickens [about 6 or 7 as I can tell]. The coop is very far from their house [over thirty feet] but pushed right up against the boundary fence at the back of the garden next to my house. This means the chicken coop is about 3 or maybe 4 feet at most away from my living room window. I can't say I am happy about this. I would personally like them to move it away from my house - is this a reasonable ?



Crossing the Road
Jul 3, 2016
WA, Pac NW
My Coop
I would check with your local laws regarding this. In my area the coop cannot be within 20ft of any building, even your own home. this is for health reasons.
x2. Setback requirements vary wildly - some areas have none, some have as much as 100' setback from houses or property line, etc. so you may be able to ask for it to be moved if the coop is too close according to ordinances. However if it's not, the best you can do is ask nicely. Legally they would not have to move it if their setback meets legal requirements, and without seeing the set up I don't know how difficult it would be for them to do so. I know if my neighbor asked me to move my set up at the very least I'd expect them to fully cover the cost of the move, which would likely run a few thousand dollars.

hope you get that coop moved! being that close to your kitchen I'm worried about salmonella. don't open your window.
This isn't Covid. Salmonella doesn't just float through your window into your house. You'll only have problems with if you handle infected chickens or their waste and then don't wash your hands before handling food.


May 21, 2020
Southern 8600 ft
Have you closed on the house purchase? When we bought our land, our survey noted that the neighbors shed was over the property line. We could not close until it was moved...the realtor and title company engaged the neighbor, who had to move it.

Is the coop actually located in a spot that is not allowed (by code/regulations/statues/etc?) or just in a 'bad' spot for you? I would think that is going to make a big difference in how you approach the situation and what can be done.

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