Hello all! I've been lurking and have found this site very useful as I've prepared to dip my toe into the backyard chicken movement. Where I live (inside the city limits), I'm allowed only 5 hens. I purchased a small chicken coop and run from an ad on Craigslist and met a nice lady who raised 3 Rhode Island Reds in the coop and is moving up with a larger coop and more chickens. I wasn't sure I could handle brooding chicks, so I purchased four Buff Orpington pullets from a breeder in a neighboring town and they are now 8 weeks old, starting to look like real chooks instead of peepers! Here's a little video I posted last week of my gals (Daisy, Buttercup, Marigold and Sunflower). I've never had poultry before, no previous experience whatsoever and so I've scoured the internet and asked questions of the few people I know who have chickens. I'm only interested in fresh eggs and the fun of pet chickens. I hope to share the fun with my 6-year-old grandson who visits often. I've been surprised when I talk to people about the chickens, often their own memories are stirred and they share with me. Just yesterday my 80-year-old father told me about his own father raising chickens during the depression, buying 100 "Dominickers" (the Dominique breed) for a penny apiece. I knew that my father had a quasi-rural upbringing, but I had not heard the details about chickens and it was delightful to find out something I didn't know about my own Pawpaw, long gone to glory. When I'm not laughing out loud at the antics of my ladychicks, I like to read, swim, geocache, and dream about writing the great American novel -- I have one children's book to my credit now. I have a feeling that future books will feature chicks!