Hello All. It's been a while since I last posted. Currently live in a chicken-unfriendly town (ten years, and never did win the battle with the local board). BUT - my husband just got transferred to Lansing, MI, a city which allows up to five hens ! as long as other rules are followed (no roosters, 10 feet from neighboring property lines, 40 feet from residential structures, scrupulous avoidance of vermin attraction). As we look for a house, lot size is one of my key requirements, in order to abide by the above distance restrictions. Hubby - NOT a chicken enthusiast - is looking only for the cheapest possible home in decent condition in a decent neighborhood, and doesn't care if the lot is the same size as the house. I really hope to win this one... and if I do: would love to connect with some backyard chicken farmers in Lansing, and with good local resources since I'm a newbie. I won't actually be moving to Lansing until spring 2014 - hubby moved ahead of me and is renting. But I want to be prepared. A question: if you were limited to keeping, say, THREE hens, what breed or breeds would you choose that are: docile/friendly sorts; good egg-layers (I will not be using them for meat); hardy/disease resistant; tolerant of cold climates. Thanks!