I recently moved to a somewhat work in progress single family home, with a large yard. It IS a fixer upper and various things are in need of repair, which I am slowly tackling. First major visible project - weeding out the large yard, fixing the run down (but usuable shed), and fence. I do not know my neighbors and my neighbors don't really seem to know my neighbors - nobody really 'talks' round these parts anymore. There is another thread I started City Ordinance... regarding on the legality of having chickens in the neighborhood. I am planning to have chickens, going by the Zoning and not the Animals section of the ordinance - and keep them outside. My only justification is that chickens in cages indoors only will NOT be happy. (other than brooding) So I will keep them in an enclosed area - and only let them 'free range' the yard when I am outside. I am concerned about future noise complaints - especially the neighbor who called the police on me as I started moving items and clearing out the old mess. This lady is not friendly and will call the police on anything - I NEED to be able to ensure she'll notify me first about any issues. While I cannot guarantee her eggs all the time, I need some leverage, and just be a 'better' neighbor. Maybe some of the information can help me leverage to the city (haha) about the inhumanities and impracticalities of having indoor caged chickens. What have people done to deal with cranky neighbors when letting them know? Especially people who want to keep things low key? E-mails, visits with notes on benefits of backyard eggs, insect reduction, anything??... we do have a major cricket issue. Thanks in advance for ANY assistance or suggestions!