Hi! We (the whole family!) are ready to begin keeping chickens but I have to admit that I'm feeling a little frustrated/down today. It seems that to get started it's rather expensive. I'd love to find some local chicken keepers! Perhaps even to share a few chicks. Right now MyPetChicken has a special on day old chicks which makes getting 25 hens cheaper than getting just 7 (our original plan). I'd love to share an order of 25 with someone! I've posted on our homeschool forums and there seems to be no interest. I also have a few questions. Like, do you eat your hens when they've stopped laying? Or if we do order the 25 chicks and find no one to share them with, at what age are the chickens good for eating? Someone told me yesterday that "yard chickens" are not worth the trouble of dressing for eating. She said they're tough and no good for eating. True? I think those are the main things on my mind about our new endeavor. We're really excited overall - just a little bit nervous. Oh, a little about me - I'm the homeschooling mom of five beautiful children and an online shop owner. I like sewing, knitting, crocheting, etc. This year I'm also having fun with a small garden. I'm from the northwest and still getting used to humid West Virginia!