I have been watching BYC for several years, contemplating whether to get chickens or not. Still have to make the commitment. My neighbor got 12 barred plymouth rocks a couple years ago. Now they are down to 3 chickens and they went out and got a rooster, to defend the 3 that are left or they want to incubate some new chickens, sounds like inbreeding to me. Since the neighbor refuses to mow their yard, the chickens are constantly in my yard, now the rooster is spending most of his spare time, and he has a lot of time to spare, in my yard crowing near my front door. The issue has boiled down to my dog is a bit fearful of confrontation, I walk him on a leash in the yard. So, am contemplating what to do about this. I am retired living in rural Maine on 2 acres, so the fact that I can have chickens is no big deal. Do I fence these chickens out of my yard or what? That is the debate now going on. Looks like some fencing is in the future. Am rethinking maybe getting some chickens. I am currently building a greenhouse, doing some of the framing in pieces and later will put it together. Am thinking about turning it into a chicken house, Just have to build a floor for it and add a yard for the chickens. Will get chickens in the spring. Just some ideas, I am toying with. Of course I will raise chickens for eggs.