I did it. I placed the order.
After years of wanting them, and months of talking, and weeks of getting serious about it, we're getting chickens.
They're supposed to be born next Monday, and delivered a few days later.
We used the chicken selector on the My Pet Chicken site to narrow down the selection. Decent egg layer, brown or colored eggs, slightly unusual breed. It came up with a selection and we chose the Brahma.
"Brahmas are gentle giants with feathered legs and feet and profuse, fluffy feathering. Originally from India, these birds were bred for meat production, though the hens lay relatively decently and are great setters and mothers. This fancy breed of chicken makes a great pet for its quiet and tame nature, tolerance to the cold, huggability and sheer chic-ness!"
I'm so excited, but also nervous. I grew up with chickens, and loved having them, but doing it in the city is another matter. It's legal in NYC, as long as you don't have a rooster, and you don't create a nuisance. That's where the quiet part comes in. I just hope my neighbors are okay with it... (dry nervous laugh).