I posted this in the Michigan thread too since I figured maybe not all of them would look here and well, they understand this odd Michigan weather we have. This is my back yard. We live just outside of the city where normal lots are around .4 or .5 acres. We have a .8 acre lot. My back yard is fenced in. The woods in the back of the property actually belongs to the Elem. school. We have 2 sheds which I was told are off limits to any animals. lol You see the one in the lower area in this picture. I am only allowed to have the chickens in the lower area. Or that is what my SO says. As you can tell, I have darling little kids. Our back is basically 2 tiers. The bottom starts just on the other side of the cement slab. I am told that the darker area (which was a garden before we moved in and I still use that spot for gardening) use to be where an in ground pool was located years ago. I am told that it was torn out by the last people who owned the place. They left the small retaining wall which runs the length of the cement. Then there is a grass/dirt slope and then to the far right a very small "wall" and another slope next to the fence. To the left side you can see part of the fence. There is a grass covered drive (to get to the lower gate). We do own that drive. On the other side of it is a neighbor who has a privacy fence on the upper side. The lower side neighbor has trees forming a "fence". To the right is my neighbor who has ducks. I know hte duck neighbor but nor the other 2. I do know the one with the privacy fence is very yuppie from their yard and well, observation. This is the lower left side of the above picture. You can also kinda tell where my garden is. There is at least 8 feet between the wall and my garden. Maybe more. This year I am actually going to build raised beds for my garden. Now, I can have a smaller coop on the upper part of the wall (on the cement slab) as long as it was not over 5 feet long and as long as it was up against the fence. Or I can have it in the bottom area there... or I can have it both. I could put my little hut in the corner and have a run going the length of the wall. OR I can have the run go along the fence. Once again, I do not know the people on this side. This area is a little flatter than the other side. This is the other side. From that little wall to the shed (shed from the top pic, not the one you see here) is maybe 15-20 feet. You cannot tell it to well, but this whole area is a semi gentle slope. Along that little wall it is dug down a little and is mostly flat right there. The neighbor on that side has the ducks. Her set up is actually on the other side of the wood fence piece you see. She has a large dog run? (the chin link cube, not a cage) that is attached to the white shed you see the top of. She is really friendly. I have to admit, I would almost prefer to have my chickens near her since she will not really care if they make noise or anything. Our township allows 10 chickens. I was told there was no rule against roosters that they saw. I would like to have 10. I want the chickens for eggs. Next year after I get a little bit under my belt (I said little bit, not a lot. lol) I would like to raise some meat. I figure if no one has issues this year, then I would be ok next year to add in a few.