Well first off, I don't actually have any chickens yet. I'm going to use the cold winter months to build a coop then when it starts to get warmer I'll be getting my first chickens. I've been researching them for about a month now and I'm pretty sure I want road island reds. It was so hard to decide that once you go to the online hatcheries and see all the breeds. omg I was overwelmed by the sheer number of birds to fall in love with. lol But anyway, I still have a couple of questions I can't seem to find the answers for. 1. I know a RIR will live about ten years give or take but for how long will they produce eggs? I know it'll vary from one chicken to another but a general timeline would be apprecitated. 2. How loud/often will a rooster crow? He wont iritate my neighbors will he? 3. If I have a rooster will I be able to eat any of my eggs or will he fertilize all of them? 4. How will I tell the difference, I don't want to crack an egg open for breakfast to find the start of a chick inside. 4. My room mate wants bantams. Will the RIRs pick on the little chickens? I am looking mostly for a hen for pet purposes but would also like a good egg layer. My room mate has yet to pick a breed of bantam so any hints there are good too. PS. This bunny is too cute!