So a friend of ours is going to get some chicks because his wife wants laying hens. He asked me "So, you buy them in the spring, and then butcher them in the fall right?" Me "Not if you want eggs!" lol. He was shocked to learn they live 5-10 years if well cared for and that there were different types of birds for different needs. Not all birds are created equal. I told him to go the BackYard Chickens... I hope he does!