Hi y'all. I had black cochin bantams when I was a kid, and have not had any chickens during my 15 years of married life. I miss them. I love holding them, feeding them, watching them peck and scratch, and just hearing them sing softly as they go about their day. My husband is a city guy all the way, and although he graciously puts up with my animal crew - (3 dogs and 2 cats in the house, and a horse boarded 5 min away), it is because he loves me, not because he would have them/care for them on his own. They are all "mine", although he will feed them for me when I go for a visit to my mom's overnight etc. I really want to get 2 silkie bantams in a small portable run in the backyard. We live in a neighborhood but do have an acre yard, with a tall fence so neighbors would not even see the chickens (they'll have to be hens so nobody could hear crowing either). The trouble is he thinks (probably rightly so) that I already have plenty of animals - and I am going to have to do a lot of convincing that 2 little hens would not be an added "burden". I think I can win him over, but I wish we could be in this together and enjoy it together. Has anyone else had to win over a spouse to the idea of chickens and then their spouse got into it too? Or does anyone have any ideas for good persuasive tactics for making this sound like a great thing? Thanks for any input!