Hello. New poster long time reader and I was wondering if people could advise on a problem. When we got chickens we were very concerned about not annoying neighbours so we built a heavily insulated house with a timer on the door so they don't make a peep before 8.30 on weekdays and 9 on weekends. We only have 2 and they have quite a big area so not much mess accumulates. We also have a treadle feeder so the food is not accessible to anything lighter than a chicken (need to stand on the treadle to access the food)...anyway houses in our area are mostly rented so we get New neighbours relatively regularly. Last night a guy from across the road knocked on our door and said the odour and rats caused by our chickens were becoming a problem. We were very friendly and apologetic but now worried about what on earth we can do: we spotted a rat or two so put down loads of poison, it went and we didn't see any more. We have no food available so can't see that we'd be attracting them any more than any other garden. Anyway, as a sign of good faith we're paying to get professional pest control in. We are also going to do a deep clean of the co-op. But the thing is that we can't smell the hens at all. Not even standing in the coop on a hot day. And this neighbour is across the road!! So we're worried that the neighbours are smelling something else and just assuming its the chickens and that whatever we do they will still have rats and Smell because ultimately it's not us causing it... What do people think? Am I in denial?