Before getting my heart totally set on owning chickens I called my city, asked about ordinances involving chickens and was told I could own up to 4 hens as long as the coop was a certain size providing them enough room. Perfect! I only wanted 3 or 4 and the coop I was planning on was bigger than the minimum size! Well now after I've ordered the chicks and started buying coop materials I find out that the person I spoke with failed to mention the coop/run can not be less then 15' away from a neighbors property line, which of course makes where I wanted to build it against city ordinances. The only places in my yard that would provide the needed shade in the summer and sun in the winter are all along our fence line and there isn't rally any other practical place in our yard for them. The fence is short chain link so the neighbor would obviously notice they are there but on the flip side she has a barking dog which certainly gets within 15' of the fence. I should also add the the coop will be insulated for warmth but we are also assuming it will help at least a little as far as sound goes. What would you do? Build in the original place and hope you never have any problems or complaints or scrap the chicken idea completely? Do any of you own illegally placed chickens and had anyone problems?