“I have 3 hens. I’ve had 3-4 hens for 15 years now. Don’t tell.
Hens for Houston is not talking about roosters (I hope – they SHOULD be illegal). You don’t need a rooster; hens will lay almost-daily eggs with no rooster around.
2 – Hens make very little noise – they might crow a minute or two after they lay the mid-morning egg, that’s it. And they do make a great alarm – we always know when something unusual is going on. Once, one of our chickens came to the back door, squawking, and pecked on it to let us know that a sick possum had broken into the coop (about 60 feet away from the house).
3 – Personally, I think a limit of 5 birds would be reasonable. That’s 3-5 eggs per day.
4 – Composted chicken manure is gold. And it doesn’t smell.
5 – Most of my neighbors have no idea that I have chickens. The others have kids that have minded them for me when I’m out of town.
6 – They make a fantastic first pet for a child; introducing the concept of twice-a-day feeding and watering, putting them to bed each night and letting them out in the morning, without having to deal with litterboxes or accidents. . . .” [Practically_Yours, commenting on Chicken Ordinance Has Hens for Houston Seeing Way Too Much Red]