I'm seriously considering getting some chickens. I've wanted to do it for ages, but we're getting to the point we may finally be able to afford the initial outlay. I love the idea of gradually attaining self sufficiency and this is one step in the process.
I don't know anyone who has chickens to help me reality test the idea, though.
Does anyone have or have had chickens? Were they a lot of work? Did you get a consistent supply of eggs? Was it expensive to maintain them? Would you do it again if given the chance (or are still happily keeping chickens)? Are there any tips you have for starting up and keeping them healthy and happy? Do you love chickens?
Any ideas, experiences, or thoughts on backyard chicken keeping are very, very welcome.