well, i havent had chickens in months now, due to my idiot neighbor and his campaign to try and kill them all but he is now a non issue, thank god. we are building a nice big run that will be attached to our chicken house this spring and i would love to hear any suggestions on how many and what breed would be good for a smallish backyard flock that should maybe stay under the radar. luckily, no one can even see into our yard anymore but i still want to avoid any trouble. i am thinking 5-6 hens? its hard to believe one guy could cause so much trouble, but he receieved a huge backlash from when we were in the paper and has since avoided us like the plague and we believe he is moving soon.