I am relatively new to having chickens and I am so sorry I did not have them sooner. They are pets with egg benefits I plan to have them for their whole lives (when they stop laying they will just be pets) my chickens are beautiful, smart and funny. I thought I bought 8 Barred Plymouth Rock pullets about 1 1/2 years ago. (2 turned out to be roosters I named them Rosie and Posy when they where tiny and I still had hope they were girls ) I have come to this site with all kinds of questions and have found it to be very helpful. My little flock is very healthy I have never had to medicate them and no injuries so far. We also have 2 Peking ducks, 4 dogs, a ferret, a rabbit, and 3 cats Very Happy life !!!