Hello All, I found this website through Mother Earth News magazine. My family and I live in K.C., Missouri. We have a large backyard, although we live in a suburban area. Anyway, we eat a LOT of eggs (about 4 dozen a week) and I was wondering if it might be a good idea to raise our own chickens. For those of you who know what it costs to keep chickens, would it be cheaper than $50 a month to provide for chickens that will be produce 3-4 dozen eggs per week? We don't currently have any pets. Are chickens loud? Will they require me to get up early in the morning? Thanks in advance for your thoughts and help!!!