Hello Everyone, My name is Gordon. I am a county boy living in town, Abilene, TX. I first noticed my problem when I was very young many moons ago. I have kept animals off and on through my lifetime. I have been inspired this time by being introduced to the Jules Dervaes family. They are Urban Homesteaders I came across on the Internet. I was also inspired by the fact that we follow a kosher diet. And to me, the strict interpretation of kosher, or fit to eat, negates commercially/conventionally raised meats, vegetables and fruits. The only way I see of ensuring we ate truly kosher food is to raise it ourselves: humanely, naturally and organically. We will focus on heirloom plants. Hybrids are okay as long as they stay within their kinds. But GMO is OUT. I called our local city officials in charge of animal control ordinances. I found out it was okay to keep a flock of chickens in town. They don't list a number limit like they do for cats and dogs. However, I am sure they would bawk (sic) at 50 hens and enough roosters. We are even allowed to have roosters. But we are not allowed to have a pygmy goat for milk. I am in the process of transforming our back yard into our little paradise by installing raised bed square foot gardens. When I get our dilapidated garage torn down, I will put an above ground pool for our personal pleasure and relaxation. My wife is a city girl at heart. But she sees the smile this brings to my face and appreciates my hard work. And she appreciates the feeble efforts I take to provide for us. There is just the two of us, as my children are all grown up and live back in Southwestern Indiana for the most part. That is where I originally came from and she originally came from Orange Co, CA. At present we have: 8 Ameraucana pullets, 4 Rhode Island Red pullets, 5 Buff Orpington rooster chicks, 1 Ameraucana rooster chick, 7 White Pekin ducks (SR), 1 Rouen hen, 1 Black Cayuga (sex ?), 2 Parakeets (which spend most of the year outside with the chickens, even imitating them occasionally now), 1 medium breed mutt dog (family pet and spoiled to the max but afraid of the new kittens), 3 rescued feral kittens (2 need a new home now), and 1 male Betta fish.