Hi, I'm new to the forum. I don't have any hens yet, but I am working on it. I live in a rental house, and we have a gated side yard that we aren't using at all! I think it is dumb for my parents to pay the rent and not use that side yard, seeing that it is 6' by 59', so 349 square feet. I'd like to get chickens in there to make that space productive, but my parents think otherwise. Their reasons went from bird flu to predators to no space. Well, I haven't heard any of my chicken keeping friends getting bird flu, there is such thing as chicken wire and we have that side yard. Now that I have those reasons, what else should I use to argue for chickens? Besides fresh eggs. That's a given. Please let me know, thanks! -Nick from San Jose, CA Edited to remove age for internet safety. Please review the rules.