My daughters class hatched 36 chickens. We adopted 2. Together we built a snake, rodent, and raccoon proof coop. I'm very proud of it and the fact that we made memories. So, I was worried about a post I read about the X breed and how short their lives are and how unhealthily they get. I don't want my daughter to experience that with these. I'm hoping for a better pet and care taking experience with a better breed of layers. Here is a photo of them at 2-3 weeks with their guard cat.