Hi there! I'm a newbie, please bear with me! My husband and I live in a three bedroomed house with a smallish front and back garden. I would love to keep just two chickens and have found that we do have enough room. I have contacted my local council (I'm in the UK) and they've said that it's not against any rules, but that the neighbours would probably complain and there'd be a risk of attracting rats. My question is: how would I keep the environment clean enough to prevent rats visiting and what exactly would somebody mean by being a 'nuisance'? I know that chickens cluck, but they'd hardly be having all night parties would they? What kind of behaviour do they have that might irritate and how much mess/scraping up the garden do they do. We have a small patch of lawn that the guinea-pigs chomp on. We're not posh types who keep an immaculate garden, but I wouldn't want the area trashed if you know what I mean. Would a small chicken breed be more suitable? We have fencing all around the gardens and I'd be able to clip their wings. Any thoughts or experiences with neighbours? Would the offer of free eggs buy their silence?