Ok.. Well i am new here, and i just found out that in Burnsville, MN they have passed a law where i can have 4 chickens. So i have this old playhouse that i used to use when i was younger (i am still a teenager though) and my mom has just told me i have to pay for everything if i want to keep them (but actually said i could have chickens-most animals she says no to nowadays since a few years back i almost died due to allergies which were mainly from allergies) I was hoping i could turn that old playhouse into a chicken coop (the lower floor) The dimensions are 7.5 feet wide X 10.5 feet deep X 6 feet to the second story floor, but if you just go from the ground to the ceiling it would be 13 feet (but they wont be allowed to go on the second floor) ---which brings me to a question-- how high can chickens jump/fly?--- The play house has 2 windows (that are like sliding doors, where you can slide them open/closed) and a pretty big cut out in the front of the play house all the way at the top above the door for more sunlight to get in. Also there are 2 or 3 1' X1' vents on the very top of the ceiling to get more air exchange. I WAS planning on adding a wired fence from floor to the top of the first floor that was the full width (7.5 feet) and probably 3.5 feet deep all the way in the back of the playhouse. (This seems like a decent sized room for storage of their food and what not, and it still leaves them with plenty of room and is still about 1 foot away from both of the windows. I was also planning on having their nesting things above the window (so in the winter it will be warmer since heat rises) I was also planning on keeping the doors open and building a chicken run that was fully enclosed in an L type of shape around the play house. ONE PROBLEM: However my mom has told me that i will have to pay for everything, so i am unsure if i will be able to get chickens anymore...... (especially since in our winters it gets very cold and i would probably need electricity for a heat lamp and a water heater, etc) SECOND PROBLEM: I have looked at the codes for my city for the chicken coop/run requirments, and there are a few that make my plan not work: No chicken coop or run shall be constructed on any lot prior to the time of construction of the principal building. (not sure what this is saying) All chicken coops must have a maximum size of 10 square feet per chicken and must not exceed 6 feet in total height. Fenced-in chicken runs must not exceed 20 square feet per chicken and fencing must not exceed six feet in total height. BIG PROBLEM: Chicken coops must be elevated a minimum of 12 inches and a maximum of 24 inches above grade to ensure circulation beneath the coop. The play house is just leveled so part of it is sitting on the ground while a small portion is elevated maybe a couple of inches.... So this pretty much eliminates my ability to use the playhouse for chickens.... Does this mean i am unable to get chickens?