Hello everyone! I have a few posts on here already but I figured I should do a proper introduction. I have wanted chickens since I was a child but never had the option. My husband and I started house shopping in April and we tried so hard to find something in the country but unfortunately anything outside of town either came with a large price tag or was completely falling apart and with a baby in the house we needed something safe and move in ready. We ended up finding a lovely colonial in town with a huge fully fenced in backyard. We assumed that since we lived in town our chicken dreams were over but after talking to the workers at our local country store I found out we can have chickens in the city! I was sooo excited! We starting looking for chicks in July and I really wanted Black Copper Marans and Easter Eggers but everything you had to order needed a minimum of 25 chicks and that was way to many for us. Or some sites allowed small numbers but the shipping prices were outrageous. I managed to find a lady that sold numerous breeds of chickens in our area but because it was the end of the season she only had Buff Orpington chicks available. We did some research and decided orpingtons would work for us and some chicks were better then none. So we ended up with four 2 week old buff orpington chicks. They are absolutely amazing! I find myself constantly playing with them and holding them. The only problem is that the lady didn't know what gender they were, so she said if any are male she will switch them for hens. She said I have to wait till they are 6 months before I can sex them. Is that true? This also may sound a bit odd but we are planning on converting our basement into a giant coop for our chickens. We have a pretty scary basement, it's all cement and bricks so they can't ruin anything and we plan to lay bedding over the whole floor and just cleaned the top layer every morning and put new bedding down. Part of the reason is because we aren't sure yet what the exact ordinances are for our area and we live in a snotty area of town and our neighbors have been bothering us since we moved in so we would rather keep the chickens inside and save ourselves the problems from the neighbors.We also found chicken diapers we are going to get for our hens so they can spend time upstairs. Also I'm not sure how many chickens we can have in town. To be honest I will probably end up getting more anyway. We currently have 2 dogs, 6 cats, 3 rabbits, a chinchilla, a snake, and a rat. We haven't had any problems with the city because all of our animals are maintained and don't cause problems. Hopefully it will be the same with our chickens! If anyone has ever tried having chickens inside please let me know how it went or any tips.