A chicken will give you healthy "homegrown" eggs for the cost of food scraps. In fact they are little recycling machines. Feed the chickens homegrown vegetable scraps & grit (ground shells available at any feed store) and they will also eat loads of pesty little insects ( they love Japanese beetles) & weeds. They then produce natural manure that you can put in your garden to grow more vegetables that will create more vegetable scraps that will feed your chickens- Get the picture? They are quieter than dogs as long as a rooster is not included in the hen house. All they need is a small shelter to keep them out of the elements. Think about it- an animal that weeds, kills insects, provides homegrown eggs & natural fertilizer and all for a little shelter, scraps, and chicken grit? Come on Geneva, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?