Sis and bro live on a farm.. and sis keeps 11 chickens for the eggs. and 11 chickens can produce more eggs than they can eat :lol Look at where the girls live.... the pond and weeping willows are on the left, their barn is ahead. They have roosting boxes and perches.. they have more room in there than in my dining room :grin and they have music.. yep.. music plays 24/7 You can see that they love a good snack I feel like the pied piper.... Look at those little windmill legs go..... Now I never thought much one way or the other about chickens, but they are amazing.. Let me tell you the story of chickens as told to me by sis. She was down to 5 chickens, so ordered 6 more. now these are young chickens and not those cute yellow balls of fluff you see around Easter. So the man points to a small cardboard box, and there are 6 chickens crammed in shoulder to shoulder.. She puts the box in her car and off they go. Once home these very lucky chickens had to be taken out of the box and stood on the ground. This is the first time in their lives that they have had freedom.. the first time their feet have touched the ground. They do not know how lucky they are. If sis had not bought these.. their lives would have been to stand in a cage in wire suspended in the air so their droppings could fall through. They would have laid eggs until around six months of age they may have started to produce non perfect egg shapes.... At that time they become frying chickens.. Thats it.. six months life in a cage and then they are killed. You do not want to know what happens to baby cockerels....... Chickens (and cattle) raised this way are often fed not the grains they ate for centuries, but grain AND often the ground remains of other chickens or cow parts.. in other words, we make unwilling cannibals of them.. and you wonder why we have so many health problems... think.. mad cow disease..... Anyway, these liberated chickens stand there, scared to move.. only their eyes move as they look from side to side.. Then after a few hours they pluck up the courage to move. Gradually they get confidence. Once that happens there is one heck of a fight, as the new chicks and the old chicks mix it up to re-establish the pecking order.. Then life calms down. They get fat, their feathers shine as if they are polished, they look feel and smell clean, and they are in heaven.. free to live out a natural life. Sis says they are no trouble to keep. a little water and grain, and for this they give you wonderful eggs.. eggs that the yolk stands up when you crack them into a frying pan, and do not pancake out like other eggs.... eggs that are a dark yellow.. eggs that taste like eggs :grin and yes, the eggs are not all the uniform size you see in a store. Nope.. they are brown eggs that are different sizes.. some are really big.. and I saw plenty of much larger eggs, One was big enough to be a real Easter Egg :grin Oh yes.. chickens do not need a rooster to produce eggs, a rooster is only used if you want fertilized eggs that hatch chicks. Also.. if you put out a hand to pet them.. they will squat down and kinda broaden their backs to give you more area to pet. Sis.. if you see this.. I would love a picture of you petting one, so everyone can see. Einstein cut the grass out in the pasture, and they will not get out of the way of the mower.. They love to catch the moths that fly up in front of it. So you have to be very careful or you get minced chickens :grin and if you stop the mower.. they jump on board. Carole's "girls" are very lucky.