Hi, Finally got my husband to say yes to chickens. I hope to get started this coming Spring so I will be reading on this forum often. We do have a problem with wild animals so that was the main reason for not getting them sooner. The neighbor has had a bear ripe open her coop the last two Springs. I didn't know till then that a bear will do that. My cousin also has chickens and they follow her around and would go into the house if she would let them. They are going to be 7 years and are still laying. Haven't read anything thing yet but I'd actually thought that they would be too old to lay at that age. We will be building a coop and hope to not have to make it a Ft Knox to keep unwanted animals out. Looking forward to this new venture. I know that the grandkids will love it too.