Hello everyone! I'm from a little town called Abbeville in south central Louisiana. Turns out my town is so small, they have very little restrictions on poultry and fowl, so long as they don't make a stink, are domestic breeds (no wild/exotics), and have proper shelter and room, I shouldn't run into trouble. Huzzah! I'm currently raising some young quail for eggs, and hopefully some meat when I cull the excess males. I'm throwing around the idea of having 2-3 chickens as well. Not sure about a rooster through. I have VERY nice neighbors and I don't want them to hate me for the early morning noise! My mom raises chickens (a flock of 26 that contains Black Astralorps, Buff Orpingtons, and Rhode Island Reds), that range all over her 1/2 acre backyard. They are the happiest chickens I've ever had the pleasure to meet. One of her Buffs in particular is becoming a pet of mine. She loves to sit on my lap and be held. I think she may escape the usual retirement plan--the crockpot, lol. I really have my 15 month old daughter to thank for getting me interested in chickens again. She is OBSESSED with her Memaw's chickens. The first thing she says when she wakes up in the morning is "Bauk bauk?" which means "When are we going to Memaw's and see her chickens???" Amazing how seeing things anew through your kid's eyes makes you appreciate them more.