We are allowed to have 6 hens in my city. After much negotiating my boyfriend agreed I could have 3 (up from 2). He chose 1 and I chose 2 and 'the hatchery' added the mealmaker. At least that's my story... I wanted the full 6, but decided I shouldn't go too far out from the agreed upon number. Plus, if I 1 dies I can still order 3 to meet the minimum...after some more negotiating.