When I chose to enter the backyard chicken experience I filed for a permit as required in Webster Groves, Missouri. A requirement of the permit application is to show the coop to scale on the property. This is when I discovered my fenced in backyard and front yard were actually side yards and what was the fenced backyard at least for the last 50 years since this house was built was no longer a backyard. Turns out that a couple of years ago when the BYC ordinance was being drafted the backyard was the only place that could contain chickens so, the backyard had to be defined. For a corner lot (my property is a corner lot) the front of the property faces the shorter of the two property lines. Every since the house was built it faced the street with the longer property line. Anyway I was determined to have a few chickens (the permit allows up to 8 with no Roos) so I fenced in my new backyard ($2,000) ,designed and built a chicken tractor I calculate my first eggs from my 4 girls are expected In the middle of January will have a value of about $85 a dozen for the first year or so. I don't care, I am looking forward to the eggs but I am loving raising the girls.