We used to have 3 hens and a rooster when we lived in Winchester. They were no trouble. They were not noisy, not dirty, and they roosted on a ledge on the back of our garage every night. We kept their wings clipped and they stayed inside our fenced back yard, coexisting with 2 large labradors. I miss the crow of the rooster in the mornings but I really miss the fresh eggs we collected almost every day.