I'm a newbie - I've had my chickens for 3 weeks - they're 20 weeks old. I love having them, and find myself just sitting outside and watching them. They're fascinating. I've been thinking about trying my hand at hatching some chicks. However, my daughter said I might want to wait till at least December - see if my enjoyment of my chickens will sustain long-term. And, to be honest, so many times in life, we get involved in something - only to lose interest after a few weeks or months. Of course, I realize pets/animals are much different than taking up origami or ceramics! LOL! We have both a cat and a dog we've loved and cared for for over 5 years. Still, I'm curious. How long have you kept chickens? Are there any here that have found it's more a passing fancy than a long-term activity?