I just stopped by a local place that sells sheds. They had some scratch-and-dents that I thought might make a good starting point for a coop. I told the guy what I was thinking about, and that it looked like the local ban on backyard chickens was about to be lifted. He said that he goes to all the city council meetings and that a source he couldn't reveal had told him that the zoning amendment will never pass the city council. He also said that he used to keep chickens and that if I got chickens I would regret it!!! He went on about how stinky and dirty they were.... It just made me feel blue. I *so* hope he is wrong about the city council. Everyone else I have talked to has seemed very optimistic. I did NOT buy one of his sheds....not enough ventilation.