Backyard Chickens in the City
If you live in the city, and are considering the idea of having chickens, it is most important that you check what your local city ordinances say on this subject. If you live in an HOA, check with them, as well. Though your city may allow them, it is possible your HOA may prohibit them. Though backyard chickens are becoming more popular, they may not be allowed in your area.
If you can legally have chickens in your backyard, there will be rules to follow. Generally, city ordinances (or HOA regulations) will tell you how many chickens you can have, if you can have roosters, and where the coop can be located. Be sure to review the specifics.
Once you have found you can keep chickens, there are other things to consider. First and foremost, they must have shelter. Before any chicks or chickens arrive, you should have proper housing prepared. There are many sources available to help you with this decision. A couple great online examples are handcraftedcoops.com and backyardchickens.com/atype/2/Coops.
It is understandable that chicks are cute and you might just want them immediately, but planning a head will save a lot of stress in the long run.
*edited to fix the links that wouldn't work
Edited by kathyinmo - 2/28/12 at 8:36pm