All of a sudden I wondered whether I should be thinking about how long a chicken lays eggs for, as opposed to how many I can get as fast as I can. Since I am only going to get a couple of backyard chickens, and I plan to keep them as pets, I have been wondering what to get. My first instinct was to search for the chickens that lay the most. However, now I'm thinking it's more important that they continue to lay eggs past their 'peak production". I've read that the highest performance laying hens might 'burn out' most quickly. Since I'm hoping for 'productive pets', I realize that how long is more important than how many ~ for me anyway. I'm hoping to hear from those of you who have experience in this. Have you had breeds that continue to lay for years? I know 'production' drops. And I know that experiences vary. I suppose I ought to say that I'm in southern Ontario, Canada. Therefore, I'm looking at winter-hardy boids. And since I am hoping to have them in town, in my backyard ~ they need to be breeds that are quiet(er) and snuggly! Oh, brown eggs, by the way! Thank you!