Hello! This site is great, and I am already a major addict. I've lived in many places, including Japan, southern Georgia, and North Carolina, but currently I live in South Dakota. I have never owned chickens, but I am already obsessed! However, my beloved hometown does not allow chickens so I am waiting to either (a) make friends with a bunch of chicken fans in town and try and change the law or (b) save up money and buy some property outside of city limits or (c) move to a place that allows chickens (strangely enough, this seems to be big cities). Either way, it may be years before I get chickens, so I'm trusting in ya'all to scratch my chicken itch until then. Funny but true story: I came to my love of chickens by being obsessed with hawks. I fell in love with falconry at a young age after reading My Side of the Mountain, but had no chance to become a falconer (boarding school, not just for wizards!). Then I got a pet snake (bloodred corn snake), realized that a hawk will never love you, and changed my mind (Hawks = giant, feathery snakes with sharp beaks and talons that require daily flights/walks outdoors). Then I thought about parrots and bought some books but decided that they were too social for me. The Parrot Who Owns Me (non-fiction) kinda put me off, since the husband had to avoid the parrot every summer during mating season. Then I thought about pigeons, but it would break my heart to loose them to hawks, and it would break my budget to make them a large enough screened in aviary. So I decided on chickens. They're feathered, friendly if hand-raised (or so I've heard), come in millions of gorgeous colors, hardy, don't require constant human interaction, and have two great by-products: eggs and proto-fertilizer. They can live happily in a predator-proof chicken tractor, and if one gets dangerously ornery, then you can take of it. Any advice on changing zoning laws or sub-zero chicken coops (-19 w/ windchill right now and 3 feet of snow on the ground, joy!) is very welcome. I'm thinking about getting Australorps and Easter Eggers, so any first hand experiences would be awesome, too.