I've been trying to sell my home and move to a larger lot, but it's a tough market. I am going to till up more front yard, cut down a couple of trees (not too many-- just so I can get a bit more sun. I am keeping the ones that help keep the house cool in summer). I live on a small lot, but we are trying to be intense about how we use it. My lot is under 15,000 sq ft, with a house on it. I have raised beds and grow up as much as possible. I also have an area I plan to put about 5 hens on. I will use a chicken trolley to let them 'graze' in various places. I will also have a fenced in area so they can play and run around near the compost and gardens. My town allows hens, and I've spoken to my neighbors. People seem happy about the idea. There are lots of older folks here who get me. What noise level might I expect from 3-6 hens or so. I want them to have company and keep each other warm. I am working with a friend who has always kept chickens to help me decide breed etc. I am just wondering how many of us with small lots are actually 'out there'. I would love an acre, and I know people see that as small. An acre would be heaven, really. What do you do on your small lot?