I am starting up a back yard chicken situation! I live in a neigborhood. I have decided that I am not telling my neighbors, as the image of "your neighbor keeping chickens" is way worse that what is actually going to happen. I'm getting 3 chicks and will have a nice little coop with enclosed run. Free ranging will occur when I'm out and about in the yard keeping tabs on the ladies. I have a husband who is a bit less interested in this, but supportive enough to let me do it and help with coop construction. I also have a little girl (almost 2 yrs) and an 8 yr old chihuahua. I hope that we all enjoy it as much as I expect!