Congratulations on your new place! I'm sure it's lovely - it's lovely because it's all yours!
That's too funny about getting busted by the zoning department for having hens. It totally sounds like something I would have tried to get away with if I had my own yard when I lived in Chicago. ;P I'm glad it prompted you to get your own place where you can have all the hens you want! I've found that it takes me getting really upset to make the big changes I need to make. Lol. We need that cosmic kick in the butt sometimes!
And funny that we're both tiny women who like tall men. I'll bet you have a big presence too.
I wish you the best of luck with your new place!