OK hi to you all. So this is my story. About six months ago my wife started telling me she wanted chickens. At first I thought of it as just a joke, after days I thought she was losing her mind, she really wanted chickens. I told her she was nuts!! NO WAY, NO HOW, NO CHICKENS. So this goes on for months and months. The only thing I say is NO CHICKENS!!!! You are starting to lose it. So about mid February 2011, yeah a few weeks ago she gets me to look at this backyardchickens.com page. I found it interesting, but NO CHICKENS!!! After reading and looking it turns into lots of questions, lots of them answered from reading the posts. Then looking at coops I am a DYI hobbie craftsman, I like that kind of stuff. I am still saying NO CHICKENS!!!! But thinking it would be kinda neat. So we are looking at our backyard and figured if we did get chickens where would be a good place for a coop and run. We found a place that would work. Ok maybe chickens! The most important thing I have learned is in the city we live you arent supposed to have chickens. I am sure the city doesnt come looking for chickens in backyards. I live the house I was raised in from 3rd grade til early adulthood, then took over from my parents after they moved from Orange County, CA twelve years ago. To the best of my memory the city has never came in my backyard for anything let alone to look for chickens. So if no neighbors complain I cant see how the city will ever know. So my top concerns. 1 noise 2 flight I will explore all of this in the forum. OCpoolguy The only rooster in this hen house is ME If you need pool work in OC CA I would love to see your chickens!!!