I recently ordered five hens for delivery in June. I will be keeping them for their eggs. I have checked out the local laws, codes and ordinances and I am allowed to apply for a license for up to 8 chickens (determined by the size of my lot). If approved, my chickens would have to be kept 25ft from the property line.... and that is the first reason I'm considering flying under the radar (pun intended ). I have a corner of my yard right next to my shed that butts up to the property line. It's far from my neighbors (further than it would be if I moved it 25ft from the property line), the shed would make a perfect conversion for a coop, the privacy fencing on the exterior of the property would help contain noise and be easier to predator proof, and in short, it's perfect for chickens! But against the rules... A lesser (and probably more immature) reason I'm reluctant to apply for the license is that it asks for the names, addresses and phone numbers of my five closest neighbors. I'm assuming the licensing people will be seeking their approval. I've seen this mentioned before a few times but it seems very unfair that the fate of my hens rests on their approval when nobody asks me if I mind their dogs running around in the street, other dogs constantly shut out the house and barking, my neighbors' kids dropping trash all over my yard or always breaking my mailbox with their basketball. And I don't want to give the neighbors something to start paying attention to, and possibly making an issue of something they may not even notice if they aren't informed of. I'm wondering what the consequences are for keeping unlicensed chickens in an area that chickens are allowed to be kept. I am guessing that I would be fined and told to meet compliance within a certain time frame. Does anyone have any stories they would like to share about similar situations?