... I am not a chicken owner! I'd like to introduce myself as a neighbor of a chicken owner. A neighbor with a problem I want to talk to actual owners before I approach my neighbor. The situation: We have 0.23 acre lot within village limits (Saranac Lake, NY). Our house is placed right up to the back of the lot, but within the 15ft set back. Our new neighbor abutting our back property line has decided he wants to raise chickens and ducks. He now owns about 12 to 15 chickens and several ducks. He also owns a rooster (actually, he had about 5 roosters at one point, got rid of them then had another...). He has had chickens for close to a year at this point. The chicken run is fenced, but they frequently escape. The coop and run are set up directly on his and our property line, in the corner of his property. The problems: Noise: We live in the Adirondack mountains and chickens and ducks are a farm thing. We do not live near any farms. The rooster is all hours noisy. They are 15 feet away from our bedroom window. We specifically bought a home on this street for it's heavily wooded, mountain-side aesthetic. Smell: The smell of chicken waste constantly floats into our lot. We cannot open windows on the back of our house, much less use our back deck or patio. It is not fun to try to eat a lunch while inhaling chicken poop. When i'm grilling my chicken i don't also want to be bathed in chicken-stink. To be honest we often cannot use our front porch during the summer because the smell wafts all the way around out house. The code (abridged): Chickens are allowed within village limits with several conditions met: All setback rules are followed No roosters no more than a certain amount of chickens per acre (he is fine on this one) no smell may accumulate no nuisance may be caused or accumulate for neighboring properties All birds must remain on the property of the owner I like my neighbor. He is a good guy from an urban area who has moved to the sticks to be somewhere quiet. I think he has misinterpreted where he lives, though. I want to be fair. I want to be a good neighbor. But at this point I'm beginning to think being a good neighbor means he needs to find a new home for his fowl. I'm reaching out to actual chicken owners to try and be fair. What do you folks think? Honestly, I'd like to ask him to simply remove his chickens and then cite all the violations if i have to. FWIW several of my neighbors on my street agree. I respect the idea of raising your own food or just liking birds. please, give me your honest feedback.