We started with our chicks from Tractor Supply in April. By September they were laying and producing a great number of eggs. We have fourteen girls and get 8-11 eggs a day; mostly on the high end. A couple were late bloomers and have just started. Amazed at the size of our eggs as Plymouth's were listed as med-lg. About half our eggs end up extra lg. and a couple of Jumbo double-yolkers. They have a nice area to roam though we live "in-town" on half acre lot. Popeye is a bit worried about winter approaching. Olive Oyl grew up in Vermont and had chickens that survived "just fine". Nice to read all the other experiences and look forward to continued sharing online.