Have you been weaning them off the light??? How many are there??? I let mine out at 4 weeks. I give them a rubbermaid container with hay in to snuggle if they want to. They are in 12x12 foot area. There is usually at least 20 in there. My chicken coop is a converted horse barn. They usually don't have feathers on there head/neck yet. As for your laws, as long as all the neighbors have the chickens, and nobody complains about it. They will prob never know! Have fun, try not to keep roosters though!!!!