I work with several people that have been keeping chickens for some time and had been considering it myself. In April this year I allowed my 14 year old son to purchase 6 hen chicks. 5 have survived and this past Thursday he texted me a picture of his first egg, this has caused a little excitement at our house since none of us were raised on a farm. 14 more eggs since. My son has spoiled on of the hens she is always first to the gate and enjoys being carried and petted the others only want food and water aren't crazy about being handled. We are thinking of adding a couple more hens to our flock maybe a Barred Rock or an Americana hen or two.