(1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? I don't have any chickens and I don't know anything about them. (2) How many chickens do you have right now? I don't have any chickens. (3) What breeds do you have? I don't have any chickens. (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? Google (5) What are some of your other hobbies? Hiking, internet, gaming, reading, blogging... (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share. We have a toddler son. No pets. I'm a software developer and never had any pets other than goldfishes. Hubby is a product manager and never had any pets. We don't know anything about keeping animals. And we don't have green thumbs. We live in a single-family detached home in residential area. The backyard backs to a railroad track, so we have one less neighbour to worry about. The next door neighbour on one side keeps pigeons -- there are at least two lofts. (I'm not sure about the legality of the pigeon lofts though.) The reason I'm considering keeping chickens in my backyard is to provide the freshest, organic, and hormone-free eggs to my egg-loving toddler. My mom, who doesn't live with us but comes over to our house every day to take care of my son, lived on a farm when she was very young and had raised chicken, so we have a little bit of expertise we can tap on. I joined this forum because I want to learn more about the legality of raising chickens in my town (and how best to make it legal if it isn't), the financial and time investments required, and the know-how.