So, on July 15th, my son decided we should get chickens so we could "get fresh eggs and save money." He was going to build them a coop, feed them and clean up after them. Cut to July 25th: I am now the mother/caretaker of 4 baby chicks. I just had a half-built, incorrectly designed chicken coop hauled to the dumpster and spent a small fortune purchasing a professional one. Cut to December 7th: after five months of daily cleaning and feeding MY chickens, we got our first egg. And it only cost about $1,500!!! Anyway, it turns out we have three hens and one rooster and they're pretty awesome creatures. I don't have any experience to compare it to, but it seems like our chickens are super friendly and cuddly. And they're so entertaining. I was worried about our two cats and two dogs harming the chickens, but it turns out they can hold their own. If anything, the cats and dogs are quite intimidated by the chickens, especially my rooster. I've been relying on this site for most of my information about raising chickens, so I decided to stop lurking and join.