So, before getting our chickens (we are zoned rural residential) we spoke with our neighbor next door, and his response was basically "what do I care? the guy before you had some, they never bothered us at all". Cool, right? Well... I did not speak to the folks across the street... admittedly because they are neurotic, jump to conclusions, and are VERY hung up on status symbols. Well, today the chicks were out in their ex pen on some fresh grass (the coop is not quite done, but it is way in the back of our property and is going to be super cute, white and red, with a huge enclosed run...). I was outside and heard the neighbors across the street screaming and the husband said "she's in the front yard why don't you just ask her?!!!" and then there was more screaming, and the door flew open and he yelled "are we zoned rural residential???!!" and I said yes, he yelled "thank you!" and slammed the door, and then there was more yelling. SoooOOoOooo... I made my husband call. (he thought I was over reacting) Turns out, the wife across the street says chickens are smelly and dirty and attract flies... none of which is true for a small flock... i mean, how long would a maggot survive in there???? So my hubby said we understand your concerns, the chickens will be in the back yard, and if there are any problems please tell us. They ended the conversation with her still not liking the idea, but I was not in the room to offer advice (still hiding) SoooOoooOooo... now our neighbors are mad, but they would feel the same way whether we talked first or not (i actually did mention this a few years ago, and they were all concerned about diseases, so I tried to explain it then... I tried to tell them that dogs and cats and raccoons, etc are far more dangerous than chickens from a human health perspective ( I am a VETERINARIAN, you'd think they would trust me to know what I am talking about!!!!!), but they were still all negative. We live on almost one acre on a dead end street with only 5 houses. It stinks that they won't listen to fact or reason, but I don't know what else to do or say. If you Google back yard chickens, you can dispel all the myths... or you can sit in your house and freak out over nothing, I guess. The funny thing is that they buy all organic foods for their family. ?????????? Not sure if I should take them over some more info, or just invite them over to see the chickens, or what... we figured since the guy whose yard was right next door had never had a problem with the other chickens, there was no way that someone all the way across the street would be bothered by them. Sorry for the stream of consciousness... I am kind of upset right now. Legally, were are allowed to have them, but I just worry that these folks will use their money and influence to try to get us into trouble. Has anyone else ever had a situation like this?? It sounds like they will hate the chickens whether or not the chickens are actually doing anything bad. BTW, we will not be having a rooster.