Coming out of lurkdom. Oz, what an amazing and wacky adventure you have. (I did read all 844 pages...well, at least almost all of your posts within the 844 pages! Whew!) Congrats on the adoption, the farm and all your plans. I look forward to hearing more.
I'm not far from you (when you're stateside, that is) in North OC. I have a small flock of 4 (with plans to add 2-4 more later....hmmm though my city says I can legally have 20 ) and a backyard that I'm turning into my own little urban farm.
La Habra is a great place to live if you have chickens.
You should join us at the next meet-up