I am trying to set up a small flock of hens (6 or less) in our Midwestern city, but I have a concerned neighbor. We want to have the run be a dog kennel with an opening into a hen house in our garage. Well dig chicken wire into the ground around the coop as extra protection. My neighbor has this idea in her head that even if we lock the hens up at night and keep the coop really clean, raccoons will come around and possibly attack her dog, who tends to be in an adjacent yard at dusk. We have some raccoons in the area, but not a ton. The edge of our coop will be about 10 feet from the 3.5-foot fence between our yards. This fear seems far-fetched to me, but what do you all think? Shes also concerned about rats. I told her wed have poison and a bait box on hand in case we have a problem, but shes not convinced she wont have a rat problem in her yard. Is there anything I can do to convince her that keeping a few hens is really not that big of a deal? I dont want her tobe unhappy with us, but Im not sure of letting her stand in our way if her fears are unfounded. Any thoughts/advice would be greatly appreciated.