OK this may be a bit of a rant here. I have been reading these forums for a while. Especially the ones where people are heartbroken because they have to get rid of their beloved roosters or people mentioning that you should check with your neighbors to see if they won't mind you having chickens. (Here comes the rant...) Why should there be so many rules regarding chickens?? I suppose it could be a problem if you want to raise 200 meat chickens on a quarter acre but why should I have to worry about having a few hens and a rooster on my 5 acres? My neighbors' dogs bark at all hours of the night for hours on end. Their children scream bloody murder every time they come out to play. Did they have to petition the City Council to be able to have those demons? Their barking is far more annoying than a rooster crowing a few times a day. Why are people allowed to object to a rooster crowing or a hen clucking but I have to live literally surrounded by dogs barking and have no say?(I LOVE dogs BTW I am just making a point in favor of our chickens!!). Did my neighbors have to get permission from me to have their hellion children? Believe me they are far worse than any roo!!! OK deep breath now... Thanks for listening.