I have a few questions regarding the chickens that live next door. I know there are a lot of concerns out there about keeping flocks isolated for bio-security reasons, but our neighbors who have chickens live pretty close and they free range their birds. Our own girls are inoculated against Marek's, so I'm not worried on that account. Their coop is only about 30 feet from our drive way and I've never noticed any smell. The birds themselves look very healthy and I know the neighbor keeps the coop hygienic, as we see her cleaning the coop every week. Any outside contaminants, such as wild birds, are going to be the same wild birds flying around both our properties. Is there anything else I need to be concerned about health wise? I'm also wondering what might happen if both flocks are free ranging at the same time. I wouldn't mind them hanging out together per se, but will each flock return to it's respective coop at night? I'm sure my neighbors, as well as I, want to be able to collect the eggs from our own birds! They also have a rooster. For the most part he minds his own business. but occasionally he runs at us, usually if we catch him by surprise turning around the corner, but also if we are trying to walk to an area he doesn't want to vacate. To his credit, he does a fine job protecting his girls and they don't appear to be missing any feathers, even though there are only three of them. He must be a gentleman in the husband department! While I might want chicks one day, "if" one of my girls were to go broody, I'm not sure if I would want chicks from a rooster that will attack people. On that note, I may want to get a rooster of my own someday, and am not sure "Benedict" would take that well. I don't want cockfighting. I don't want it to seem like I am complaining about my neighbors or their birds. I actually enjoy watching them and one in particular is very curious about us and comes around to see what we are up to. She's a very funny bird! I just am wondering if anyone else out there is in a similar situation and if they have any insights they would like to share.