I have completed (?) my research, chosen and adapted design elements for a three-hen coop, chosen a breed based on my location, but am wrestling with the question of legality within the confines of the city that I live in. As it is, there are many owners of noisy tropical birds that are in outdoor aviaries and completely legal, but "livestock", including the keeping of chickens, is not. I'd be liable for up to a $500 fine and/or 60 days in the slammer. I do know of roosterless flocks in the general area, but the owners are reluctant to discuss them for obvious reasons. All I want are hens, so the noise factor should be minimal. Any advice or opinions?