So...I just found out that my city has no specific laws about keeping chickens, but chicken coops are not allowed by building codes (I have no idea what that means, but the lady who read this off to me laughed and said "You can have chickens, but you can't have chickens") There is no specific ordinance about keeping backyard poultry and I know that there is a roo fairly nearby (I hear him all day). I was told that if the city received a complaint then the ordinance inspector or enforcer would come out and either warn me, inspect, or give me a time allotment to rehome the birds. She also mentioned that the laws were being revised on the 28th of this month...if they write in a new law about chickens would I really have to give up my flock that I owned before the law changed? (The change might not even effect the ordinances on poultry, it's just a concern of mine...) So...I'm now super concerned about my uptight neighbors filing a complaint. I have an attractive coop set up, I moved it far away from their house and I plan to add some lattice or panels around as another visual barrier. I'm considering taking them some fresh baked goods (made with our eggs) and possibly a few fresh eggs as a way of making nice. Any ideas? Am I being overly paranoid? Should I just wait it out and see what happens or is taking preemptive precaution a better method?