Hi All i'm so happy to find you i am having an issue my neighbor decided about a year ago to get chickens and roosters. I live on main st in our village and at first they were not a problem now it has become unbearable. I went to the village about it as she didnt have a permit etc. they continually dragged their feet until finally asking for her to apply for a permit and low and behold all the neighbors are in opposition. Well now i;ve asked to go in front of the village board members to try to get some laws down for the village as it is sad for both the neighbor of someone who is farming incorrectly along with the poor animals. In this situation she CURRENTLY yes right now has 4 chickens, 2 bantum roosters and a red island rooster in a 6x10 run/makeshift coop. I came home shockingly the other day to a chicken wandering my back yard with hair completly missing on its back. I have since learned this is normal but what is not is the stench and the amount of feces that they live in everyday. We have never seen them out to clean the pen and when applying for the permit she had to list what it was used for the coop is located to a mound of discarded garbage then there is a garden and a "compost pile" which consists of chicken manure with hay on top of it. It took me until today i was so mad and aggravated or more irate than anything the village is no help and this woman continues to think that there is nothing wrong and as she has yelled at me that she has the "right to farm." It dawned the village really doesn't know what to do and what she doesnt understand is that i am so into her having that right but i'm not into her not farming correctly. I called the village yet again with the hairless chicken and they gave me the mayors cell number which is normal i guss anyways he said that the problem is that there is nothing that is laid out as this has never been a problem prior, well it's a problem now. I contacted the head of the farm bureau in my county and after speaking with me listening to me and all my concerns he too became on board. His idea is that its people who want to farm but do so incorrectly is a problem that is not just locally it happens across the nation our town just has not had to deal with it until now... soo what i am looking for is if anyone knows of anything that could help me when i go in front of the village. I am looking for dimensions like per chicken it needs to be how many square feet, and a coop needs to be made out of what material and can't be any bigger than to house so many birds. I also need some guidance on composting like it can't be bigger than this size, and needs to be contained in this type of box. Also proper ways to secure the chicken coop and if having a rooster how many roosters per chickens. Honestly anything anyone could do to help me i would soo appreciate even if you have someone local in your town that is a good resource i will call because i really am looking to make a difference. Urban farming is becoming such a push that i want to make sure that in my village we are farming but farming so that it has the least impact on your neighbors along with making sure that you are ensuring the best product that you are producing. Also we live in a village but it is completely country outside the village and chickens have attracted foxes etc. so i was wondering of anyway to ensure that the people of the village are safe from foxes or any other vermin that might be attracted to the coop. I am from upstate NY btw. Really i have just been banging my head against the wall with the village and its time to take some action if we are going to be going green we need to make sure that green is clearly defined and people dont think that a tarp and a circle of chicken wire is suitable while allowing your kids to beat it with their baseball bats. I really could use any advice or guidance as i'm not really farming savy and want to make sure that i have the best knowledge/ideas to go to the board with .. THANKS!