We are in Nova Scotia, have been raising the same healthy flock of birds for the last 6 years. We have lost a few to predators and a few to vehicles but otherwise have been successful until a few weeks ago. We live out in the country and some city folk have moved in and are complaining about our birds. They live a mile from us but have to drive past our property to reach theirs down a government dirt road. We free range our birds and have property on both sides of the dirt road so the chickens sometimes wander over to the barn yo eat the hayseed from the cattle hay and to lay eggs in the barn. We have a shelter for them on this side of the road but they prefer to roam and we never pen them up.Our new enemies, oops, I mean neighbours have placed a complaint with the department of agriculture who are now trying to change our set up. I am not pleased by this at all, if i wanted commercially raised eggs and meat i would shop at a grocery store and save myself a LOT of work! Basically they are in agreement that our birds are healthy but are trying to make us provide commercial food 24/7. Since complying our birds have barely left the confinement of the building to seek anything Before this headache, I would measure out some of my own mixed grain and dump it around the yard so they had to scratch around for it. If my birds are in such healthy shape why is there a need to change my standard of practice? They have all they require and we would not consume eggs from unhealthy birds. If we wanted to do that, like i said, i would shop at the grocery store. I need a little help and insight into this as I desperately want to go back to my free range birds. Otherwise raising chickens isn't worth it for us.