some friends of ours invited us to come and meet their chickens. i have been trying, for awhile now, to talk luc into getting a few of our own and he hasn't been very keen on the idea. but, i think it helped to see and hear what they have done to successfully enjoy raising theirs. i only want 3 or 4 ... they have around 12. it was fun to visit and watch the bird and the chickens check each other out and we learned quite a bit too. i think it is safe to say that i can start doing a little research on my own now!