I am a new chicken owner with 5 years of experience. I currently have 4 Icelandic hens who are free range yard chickens. I have had several other varieties in past years, but thought I'd try this variety (breed) this year. I am retired and spend about 4 winter months traveling, so the chickens I have stay with us for about 8 months. I then give them to a local farmer before heading to warm places and replace them each spring upon my return home.