I love it! We only have 4 laying hens that my DIL bought off a farmer friend. Buying laying hens rather than chicks was the way for us to go, as we wanted eggs immediately, so we missed the chick phase. I find them delightful animals! They greet me when I come out, love my table scraps, and are crazy about all the clover, dandelions, and other weeds we throw in. What have I learned? It’s not a cheap investment in money or time. You have to buy or cobble together the coop, the runs, the food, the straw, the waterer and feeders, and you have a patch of ruined yard, poop you have to clean, and frustrating chases of the occasional escapees. But, they are an ongoing source of protein, you can compost the poop, they teach our youngsters how our animals require consistent and conscientious care and attention, and they really are fun to be around. I doubt we’ll be eating them (we named them, of course) but it makes me feel good to have that option should things get really bad.