in the amount of predators or nuisance pests, since getting their chickens? I know that that is one of the things that my city will be sure to mention as I begin to try and get at least my own chickens legal status here. Myself, I have not seen any increase in pests or predators. We have always had the usual neighborhood ones. The opposum that lives under the neighbors porch*hasnt been an issue with the chickens* The family of raccoons that lives on the hillside across the way*no problems with her/them* The HUGE mostly white skunk that got my dog several months ago and also hasnt been a problem. The feral cats. No problems. Granted we have the crazy Border Collie and I am pretty sure non family cats are terrified of him. And he goes around the coop and run every morning and re marks everything. He does love taking care of the chickens. Has given him a job again that doesnt leave him limping. Now. I do keep the yard, run, coop clean. We do live in the city and I do like using my yard for other outdoor activities. We have a pool that is right next to the run when it is up. And I keep ALL the animal food inside. I rarely even feed my own cats and dog out on the porch. The only wild life we have coming into the yard that I have seen, beside the typical birds are the incredibly brave squirrels. Those little buggers get into my house on occasion as well. I havent noticed rats. Or an increase in mice. Granted we have 3 indoor/outdoor cats. On of which is a super hunter. And the neighbors also all have cats. So maybe that is keeping that at bay?