Your inspiration of raising chickens:
We lived near some people who had chickens in Durango in 2005-2007. They put out a sign when they had eggs, and you could help yourself and leave money. The eggs were FAR yummier than store eggs, were from right next door, and were green and blue! Also, the hens always looked like they were enjoying life. In 2009 I went on a Tour de Coop in Raleigh while visiting my sister, and saw how people had integrated chickens into their life/yards, and it seemed easy and rewarding. It was also the first time I held a chicken! They are soft and fun.
Pros of having chickens:
Best eggs ever – No fear to use them raw in Caesar dressing, eggnog, etc.
Hens are fun and a great source of entertainment for us and our nieces and nephews; kids love them. Satisfaction and fun of collecting you own home-raised very fresh eggs. Chickens are great recyclers – they produce garden fertilizer and eat most kitchen waste
Cons of having chickens:
The potential for predators getting your chickens. However we have not had that happen. Like any animal, they need daily care, although relatively low time requirement. Overall it is not cost-effective to produce your own eggs, we have found.