Should people be allowed to keep chickens in suburban back yards? I can see merit on both sides of the argument. Four hens in a well-maintained chicken coop wouldn’t be a problem – certainly not as offensive as some dogs I’ve had to live next door to, but what if everyone in the neighborhood had four chickens in the back yard? It could get rather noisy and smelly. So, although I don’t like the side I’m choosing, I have to say no to chickens in the back yard. If you want chickens move the country.