I am absolutely new to live chickens in reality. In the perfect utopia of my imagination I have been living with chickens for a while. One is chickendog my lovable austrailan shepard mix, the other is DH but he won't let me call him chicken love anymore as he feels it is derogatory, I conceded after thinking about it. I am a soon to be the caregiver of actual real live chickens. I am being blessed with 2 Buff Orpingtons, 2 Australorps, and an Easter Egger. The maximum number I could reasonably purchase without marital discord. We live in the city and a smallish lot but luckily I'm legal. Getting the chickens to increase the mother/daughter bonding time as we have an eight year old girl who is spreading her own wings and loves all things living. It's a win win. Here is the dilemma in order to get these chicks I had to order a few extras, like five. Oh, and can't forget the roosters that are apparently going to be sent along for the ride and the warmth. I may be sending a distress call out to the urban chicken lovers at some point in the near future. I'm learning alot on this site and thank you all for your 2 cents worth.