Hi all - new here, but without chickens. Recently moved to NY together with my wife from Europe. Back in Europe, one morning we woke up and we had an invader in our yard. Since she decided to stay for several days we started to feel somewhat sorry for her, no friends, no food...so we went out and fed her some of our bird-seeds. You all know what happened from thereon..she decided to stay permanently. When dusk set in, she flew in a bush to spend the night, but she was alone... Then one day we decided to pick up a friend for her. We went and bought a young brown silkie to accompany her together with a tiny coop as their home. Little did we know that they may not be really into each other...after quite some getting used to each other things went fine, but the initial invader never set foot in the coop. One morning we woke up and were only able to spot the silkie! The initial invader decided to leave for no apparent reasons, perhaps it was a loner? Did she not value her new companion? So, here we are again with one, lonely chicken...we went out -again- and brought in a Polish chicken. They got along just fine after some feather picking at start. We constructed a new home for them with windows so they could look outside (and we in). But guess what...the initial invader decided to move back into our yard again! There they were, happily with the three of them The Silkie and Polish weren't too shy and appreciated being pickedup..the initial invader never allowed any touching. We were a happy family for several months until we went out on a Saturday morning finding nothing but three piles of feathers and not chickens. We will never know what exactly went down... Now we are here in NY and decided we wanted to have the companionship of chickens again! Where we're from we could easily find all sorts of chickens for sale on the local 'craigslist'. Here- not that much, just eggs! So our first question, where do we get them? In the meantime, we've ordered assorted bantam eggs, incubator etc and are very excited to see what hatches! Will read up about and learn a lot from this forum!