We'll be getting chickens for pets as well as for eggs. How long would we expect out chooks to live and past year 2, what sort of egg laying? I changed the subject to solicit replies. I'm really curious -- especially urban chicken folks who plan to have a few birds for a while. We're getting three: an Ameraucana, a Golden Laced Wyandotte and an Australorp (not sure about the third necessarily). If they live 10 years and only lay well for three then I'll still keep them as pets but it just won't be as ... eggy.