As a child growing up here, I remember the crow of a rooster a few blocks away. My mom always said with a slight scowl, "Roosters aren't allowed here, but you can have chickens." Now, twenty odd years later and after a discussion at Knit Nite about living more naturally and what I desired from life, I was given a book from a woman in the knitting group I attend called Made From Scratch by Jenna Woginrich. As Wendy said when she gave me the book, it was perfect for me. Halfway through I said, "I'm gonna get some chickens!" I asked my parents if I could build a coop and have some chickens in the yard and Dad said yes! I knew there had to be a good reason to still be living at home somewhere- that good reason is a backyard for chickens and gardening. But then the sound of doom. My sister-in-law, whom I do love despite negative tendencies similar to mom's, said I couldn't have them at all in St. Pete. Undaunted, I began to scour the web this morning. In no less than ten minutes I found this site and through it a link to Pinellas County Citizens for Backyard Poultry. Huzzah! I can have chickens (legally)! So now to the fun part, building the coop and getting chickens. I only want 3-5 chickens and I figure on spending my "winter" (Floridians understand the need for quotations) building my coop. I have some ideas for my coop, based loosely on what I know of chickens from movies and farms I've visited, but am trying to figure out the nest area. Browsing another topic made me realize that could depend on the type of chicken I get. So first need to figure that out. I am so happy to have found this site, thank you for it and the help I know I will get from you all. Also, I will be attending this https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=399370 to ask questions of course!