My SO called an elderly neighbor and invited her up here to get some eggs - call it a free sample. While I filled the bowl she brought, her and my SO had a friendly little discussion because she insisted on paying for the eggs and he was just as insistent that she wasn't gonna pay for these first ones. She told him "but you have to pay for the feed for those hens". He told her "oh, don't worry. Even if the hens never laid another egg, I'd be paying for their feed". Finally! He gets it! The chickens are my pets. He's finally resigned himself to the fact that he'll be paying to feed them long after their egg laying days are over.