I'm new to chickens. I'm new to this site. But I am not new to farming and country. I was raised with 3 horses, 3 geese, 2 4-H pigs, 1 friendly sheep, many dogs, cats, rats, birds, and even a turtle, lizards (that I caught) and some toads. I love country life! I'm stuck in a rural, yet urban town. I'm blessed with a half acre and a garden. I have room for chickens and I'm loving it, but OOOPH! Our city ordinance is steep. I had to pay $200 just to apply for a permit of 6 chickens (hens only). I have a hearing coming up and I'm hoping all goes well. All it takes is 1 neighborly quack out of someone and their goes my permit. I've thought up a million replies and defenses for myself, my chicks, and my family. Hopefully I'll be able to raise awareness on urban backyard chickens. I'm the first to (attempt to) acquire a permit in our city limits since the ordinance was created in 1985. We'll see where this takes me.