First, let me say when I found BYC this morning, I thought, "Wow, there are a lot of people here who have the same idea as me". Anyone out there from Lenoir? I'll be moving there in two weeks and I hope it will not prevent me from fulfilling my dream of raising chickens for eggs in my backyard. The seed for my dream was planted when I was eleven and my brother brought home seven colored babies from the spring festival in South Zanesville, Ohio. Now that I am retired from teaching and have raised my children, I am ready to sprout my dream. I have to start with questions! Question #1: Are chickens are even allowed in the city? Question #2: Where do I go to read the ordinance to learn about any limitations? Question #3: And here's the dumb question: If the city allows hens but not roosters, how will I raise chickens for eggs? Question #4: How much is this hobby going to cost? That's all for now. I think this is a wonderful site and I'm looking forward to meeting a friend who can help me to get started after the move.