I have had chickens going on 4 years this year. I have one salmon faverolle that is 4. I originally had 4 salmons but 3 have died due to heat. I never would have chosen that breed I was supposed to get sex links! But I did and do love them. I live in california where suppoedummers are 100 to 115! So if you live in heat make sure you get heat tolerant birds. My salmons were a French breed meant for cold weather. My one salmon still lays pretty regular at 4 with a small light salmon colored egg. I also have 4 buff orpingtons. They are great egg layers and very docile. Very quiet and I love watching them. Beautiful light brown to a darker brown medium to large egg. And, more chicks tomorrow! I want the Easter eggers for hopefully green or pink eggs. I also seem to think that breed with Don well in my flock. I am only getting 3 chicks. So I'll have a total 8 hens. I have an ecoglow heat plate in my brooder and that works best and is safer. Can't wait to get my new chicks! Owning chickens has been so much fun. I have learned so much especially from this site.