Name is Robert & I'm 27 yrs old. Me and the wife have been looking for a new home. We've put a few offers on some homes all with 3+ acres. I grew up with farming parents, horses, cows, chickens, ducks, dogs, rabbits, and etc. Been a dream for a yr or so now to find some nice land and buy a few chickens. Of course I have some questions: I'm kind of a big softy....not much on killing animals I see on a day to day basis. I do hunt, but that's a different story I guess. I'd like to buy 5 hens and they'd end up being spoiled rotten. If I want chickens that are friendly (the kind I can walk up to and pet) - Should I get eggs and hatch them so they imprint on me? Or would day-week olds be just as friendly? The home I have an offer on right now is 3 acres in a country housing addition. They allow ALL live stock except pigs and........that's right, CHICKENS! LOL. Do you think someone would notice 5 chickens roaming around? Also, the fence is about 5 ft high and they can't get out due to possible law intervention. If I clip wings, how high can they get up? Last question - What bread is the friendliest, most eye pleasing and best egg layers? Like a good combo of all 3 things? Thanks Ya'll !! Hope to be around for awhile! OH! And P.S. I notice that majority here are female (nothing wrong with that!!!) but is owning chickens like demascalating (sp?)? Edit: P.P.S. (1) Are you new to chickens / when did you first get chickens? New to owning them myself. I have been around chickens in my younger years. (2) How many chickens do you have right now? Zero. (3) What breeds do you have? N/A - Again (4) How did you find out about BackYardChickens.com? LOL....uh....it's a long story. (5) What are some of your other hobbies? I'm your typical manly man. BBQ, cars, women, NASCAR, Football....you know...all those "Oooh Ahhh Ahhh" monkey man things. (6) Tell us about your family, your other pets, your occupation, or anything else you'd like to share Wife is an RN, I own my own business in the automotive industry. Dreams of being a police officer. I have 4 dogs currently, 2 Jack Russells, Chihuahua, & Min Pin. I have one goal for my retirement years. Be off grid as much as possible (electricity, food, water, etc). Or "Green" for you city folk.