I have 3 six month old EEs who just started laying. We're getting an average of 2 eggs/day. Perfect for my family of 5 with enough eggs to share on occasion. We love our hens as pets (more so every day it seems), but also enjoy the added benefits of pest control and rich chicken poo fertilizer. A flock of three really is ideal for our suburban neighborhood---low profile, as much poop as I can manage, minimal landscape damage and no noise issues (currently it's not even legal to keep chickens in the residential zone I'm in). Here's the problem I see in the future. In about 3 years, egg production is going to go way down. I want eggs. So then I'm going to have 3 hens that I love as pets who will probably live another 10 years producing fewer and fewer eggs. The obvious answer would be to get more chickens. That would mean buying a larger coop, dealing with even more chicken poop, and being a little less "low profile" in my neighborhood. Three years after that....same issue. Though I'm currently lobbying to make backyard chickens legal, there would probably be limits on the number of chickens allowed (I'm guessing 3-6). I can totally understand the whole theory of chicken math now. Non-laying hens or infrequently laying hens shouldn't count as a whole chicken right? Is it inevitable that 10 years down the road I'll find myself with like 10-15 chickens...or more?