So I've been a lurker for a while, but never joined because I didn't have chickens. Honestly I didn't even think I could get chickens, so I read stories and whimpered at my pathetic situation. To make a long story short, my whimpering won over my fiance and he agreed that chickens could fit into our lives. He was resistant before, but a picture of a gold laced wyandotte got him interested ("That is a majestic bird!"). I double checked the laws of my city, and the law denies livestock and wild animals in an itemized list, but chickens were no where to be seen. There are noise ordinances specific to dogs, but not to roosters, however I don't plan on having them even though I want one. I want to move out of suburbia one day and have the full homestead, but for now my little half acre backyard homestead will begin with chickens and a garden. I am currently building a raised coop with my grandfather, 4'x6' with external nesting boxes, a big side window and clean out doors on the long and short sides so I can reach every corner without really climbing in. The entire roof of the coop will be ventilation space. I have hardware cloth for securing the coop, and plastic fencing and poultry netting for when I build the run. I will be attaching a large pvc run for when I can't be home to free range them. We are planning on 6 birds with the goal of a colorful egg basket to share with family and friends. There will definitely be a wyandotte and easter eggers, and I've already checked with the local feed store that I support and they will have chicks in March! I'm getting married in mid-march, and have an event the weekend after, but the final week and thereafter I am free so they will be my wedding present! I'm so excited I could scream. So I finally joined, and can't wait to share my own chicken stories soon.