I've had chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, peafowl, and the requisite experience with coons, opossums, hawks, dogs, etc off and on for many years. Now I'm getting some Japanese Quail and will likely add some chickens to the yard. This is, however, the first time I'll be keeping them in a backyard. We've previously had farms. So I'm hoping that I can get tips here for keeping poultry in my backyard in a small northwestern US city. We've had a number of kinds of chickens. Our favorite were mille fleur bantam chickens. As to other birds, our favorite have been peafowl. My current back yard is fairly small so my challenge will be to give the birds enough space that they can scratch without tearing up too much of the yard.