I've wanted chickens for quite some time, but my husband has been pretty hesitant. When our friend's girlfriend moved into his house, she brought chickens with her, and they were awesome. We both loved them. The eggs were fabulous, they were hilarious to watch, and overall it was pretty neat. They were a little loud though. With .25 acre lots in our suburb, houses aren't on top of each other, but they're fairly close-in. Our friend's neighbor complained and their dogs barked at the chickens a lot. I've been bucking for chickens and through a combination of my husband having more interest in sustainable and healthy food sources, me nagging, and now his brother pushing for it as well (his brother likes chickens), I almost have him convinced that we should get some. He is still very concerned about the neighbors (I get it, we try our best to be good neighbors and keep things quiet/picked up, and keep the edible gardens looking presentable) and the noise. I did some reading on how quiet muscovy ducks are and almost have him sold on them, but found some info today saying that they only lay clutches of eggs a few times a year, which is not what we're looking for. I keep reading wonderful things about how much people love their chickens, but I don't find much about people NOT liking them. While I'm sure it's an overwhelmingly positive experience (why I want them), people must experience some level of frustration, and certainly some people get rid of them, no? Input, experiences, suggestions?