I posted this in another thread, but will re-post it here again as an introduction: Hey all, we used to have chickens in northern California, but it was never a problem there. Now that my son is four and has shown to be gentile and kind to animals I want to get some chickens again. I'm planning on building the coop myself, factoring in how I will keep them cool/warm during the seasons, predators and the like... (Any good design plans?) They'll have access to a garden during the day. (Feast on the bugs!) I never thought of "chicken laws" before... I mean, I thought it was everyone's right to have animals. If they aren't noisy and smelly, who cares? Dogs make way more noise and stink worse than chickens. So my question(s): My closest neighbor's yard is 30 feet away (fenced). Will they care? I can always offer them eggs... Since I'll be home schooling my son, will I be able to say that it's a "school" and therefore exempt from the 50 foot rule? And where can I get the best layers in San Diego? Thanks!