When my husband's friend who he hasn't seen in a while found out we have started our own flock of chickens he offered to give us his entire flock, which consists of 30 RIR hens that are a year and a half old. We couldn't take them because we simply don't have the space for them, plus I do not want to bring other chickens to my flock when I don't know whether they are healthy or not. When my husband asked him why he was giving them away he gave my husband a very long list of reasons why he was dis-enchanted with raising chickens. First and formost was the expense. He said that the cost of feed had gone up quite a bit in the last year and he simply could not afford to feed thirty chickens. He bought the chickens thinking that he would be able to sell the eggs to cover the cost of feeding them and make a little extra money to suppliment his income. He has not had luck with finding buyers for his eggs and has more than he knows what to do with. He also spends a lot of money on medical expenses because his chicken peck each other and are always hurting each other and he has to treat them. His second complaint is the time it takes to clean his two 7' x 12' coops and to feed and water his thirty chickens everyday. He does not use the deep litter method and with 15 hens per coop he says it gets pretty smelly. He does not let his birds free range and I do not know the size of his runs. His last complaint was that having chickens ties him down and prevents him from traveling because he has to be there every day to take care of the chickens. He says that he cannot even find someone who will do that for him for a day or two. He said when he first got the chickens he loved them and willing spent the time needed to care for them, but now he finds it a chore and does not enjoy it at all. I was wondering if anyone here has run up against these problems and what they did to solve them. I would hate to think that raising chickens is a fad that people will tire of after a time. Also does anyone have any solutions that I could pass along to my husband to tell his friend?