>How do I get the REAL info on local laws? We just purchased a 1/2 acre property in the back corner of an established community (our back yard is facing a narrow woods). In my back yard I have a porch & an elevated playhouse - either of which would be fine for a coop if enclosed. I do not have a HOA to deal with but I really do not want to cause trouble with my new neighbors as I plan to live here a LONG time. I have talked to some of my new neighbors & they say they are OK with my getting a couple hens... but other people tell me chickens are farm animals and not allowed in city limits. The Walmart a few blocks over sells laying mesh so that would indicate I'm in a rural enough area - right? >Where does one find only a couple fancy hens? I am only interested in getting no more than 6 (and more likely only 3) hens. I'd like to get fancy bantams; silky, araucana (green egg layer), cochin, etc. I've only seen catalogs listing lots of 25+ as a minimum purchase. These birds are not intended as food... I had some as a child & just want to get a couple for my daughter as pets. Thanks so much for any advice. I'm hoping to get on with this idea by spring.