I'm about a year into my first flock of chickens, and this site has been my most reliable guide. I have plenty of exposure to live poultry for food and eggs, but I choose mine specifically as pets. A chicken that lives past the two year mark is an anomaly in my area. Even though I have no issue with that school of thought quality of life for any of my wards is very important to me. The advice from this site has been a sanity saver. I'm very grateful to those brave enough to ask questions, and those generous enough to answer.