I purchased 5 pan fry chicks from Orshelins. New too the whole experience of raising chickens. Wondering how long do u raise them before eating? Im guessing a year but see between 5-8 weeks from what I am reading but that's just barely old enough when they go from inside too a barn without a heat lamp?Mine are just now a week. Also, do they not lay at all? Wondering why people don't get a rooster and just keep breeding them? So many silly questions. I do have bantam, and American chickens I bought which are egg eating layers. I just cant tell which bantam-I have 2 is the rooster. Hard too tell the difference.