First of all, HI, I'm Shannon. I'm so glad I found this site to get some good info. I have decided to get a few hens in order to have eggs and possibly control spiders and bugs in my yard without using chemicals. We've found several black widows and my son likes to run around barefooted. I have only about a 1/4 acre yard in suburban Raleigh NC. I plan on building a coop with a fenced run, and letting them loose in our fenced in backyard for a few hours a day. Here are some of my concerns or questions: Will close neighbors hear any noises if I get only hens? I worry about this causing problems. We have houses about 10 feet away from our backyard fence. Perhaps if I just share eggs with them... I've read about chickens getting fleas and lice. Is this a common occurrence, and if so, is there a way to get rid of them? What is a good laying breed that can withstand heat? Do most hens truly lay one egg per day, or so? I've read on here about feeding them cat food. Is this what most of you do? Are there any people here who live in a similar setting as myself? Just curious if this can really work out. I have checked and there are no ordinances against it in my city.