The municipal code for where I live (University Place, WA.) states "small animals shall be permitted...provided all animals kept outside shall be cooped or kept in hutches or pens or similar enclosures" Does this mean I can not let my chickens out of thier little coop to free range in my fully fenced over 1/3 of an acre back yard? It wouldn't really be an issue if I did not just get a visit from a complaining neighbor who thinks my 3 chickens are causing a fly issue in his backyard. I don't want to have issues with my neighbor (my other neighbor has chickens so no issue there) so I am going to do everything I can to make him happy but I don't feel good about keeping chickens locked up all the time in a coop. And there is not much I can do about flies in his backyard if I have none in mine.