I've had birds for 3 or 4 years, and have really enjoyed them. Currently I have a pair of chinese geese, 10 ducks and 16 chickens. As much as I love getting fresh organic eggs, and watching them be ridiculous in the yard, I've come to a bit of a conclusion. my life would be simpler, and therefore easier if I had less extra responsibilities. I'm a grown up, with kids, and the amount of time I spend with the birds either letting them out, putting them in, feeding, watering, selling eggs, buying food, dealing with predators, and just the heartbreak. The breaking point was our broody duck. She had 13 eggs in a nest in the corner of the garden, and they were close to hatching. a skunk came in, sprayed mama duck, and ate/broke all 13 eggs. Mama duck ran in circles and cried for 2 days. I don't ever want to see anything like that again, and If I ever do return to having birds, I'm only going to have as many as it takes to provide eggs for ME. not my church, not my neighbors, not for selling.