Hi everyone I just recently bought 8 chickens along with a coop and run, after waiting for more than 3 years. Much of that time was spent convincing my husband that they'd be good for us and wouldn't tear up the yard too much. Anyway, he finally agreed and I quickly acquired my backyard chickens. I hope I get to keep them... basically I know I can have 10 hens in city limits but my problem is the HOA. I shot them an e-mail a year or so ago asking them if I can keep chickens and their response was basically "it's better not to ask, we'll turn a blind eye". So kind of like a go ahead without actually saying it. Next up I talked to one of my neighbors. We have a big corner lot so I didn't anticipate the chickens would make so much noise as to cross the street or cross our entire yard to the other neighbors (uh, my chickens' egg songs echo in the cul de sac across the street). Anyway, that one neighbor was fine with it. Ahem. Next up, my entire neighborhood. Unfortunately, across the street there is an old couple and the man is very opinionated. That's me being nice and doesn't paint an accurate picture so... Quite frankly he's a bigot and hates us and warns everyone who comes near our home that we're "terrorists" because we're Muslim but that's a different story. I'm just afraid he's going to complain about my chickens! And I'm afraid to approach his property to speak to him or offer some delicious eggs. Maybe I'll put eggs in his mailbox =P Anyway, while moving the chickens and the coop from their former home to ours, one of the chickens leg got caught under the coop. We thought it was cut off or she lost a toe or I don't know what, but it looks like she just scraped the scales off her leg. And this is where I stop and go to the other part of the forum with my chicken leg questions and hope someone can help me figure it out! Please migrate there if you think you can help ) and thank you for taking the time to read this.