Hi My son's preschool at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg Ca. is studying farm animals. Someone in town is selling a rooster (Rhode Island Red) and a hen(different breed) for $15. I thought that I would get the chickens share them with the preschool and keep them for pets and eggs. Is this a good idea? We are responsible pet owners we do have a three cats, a hermit crab, and some fish. The cats are well cared for fixed shots etc. I am planning to look at your site and other to make sure the chickens are provided with the basics. Can we get eggs? Will these chickens make good pets? How long do chickens live? Can old chickens lay eggs? Any help or advise would be most appreciated. I am so happy to find you!!!!!