This is my first post (other than my introduction), and I wasn't sure which category this might fit. I assure you that I am not trying to offend anyone. I'm a complete novice and am trying to decide if I want to invite a few chickens to my urban lot. Here in Redwood City the ordinance says I am allowed up to three chickens. My limited internet research says that chickens lay eggs for 3-4 years, and then continue demanding food and space for another 6 years or so. Hmm. I'm not sure that poop and companionship is good enough for that last six years. I want eggs. I'm not sure how attached I will get to the chickens as pets. Is it horrible to want to get rid of them once they stop laying? And how would I do that? Should I consider birds of differing ages so that maybe one of the three would be laying eggs? Does this make sense to anyone out there?