This story link above is a wonderful story of what you need to understand when entering a chicken contract (aka: buying chickens to raise)
You all know I am by far a huge supporter of people having a backyard flock but this is something that is not widely talked about and people forget this part of chicken raising until it comes about. We are approaching our first time with our oldest hen coming up on 3 years. She still is laying but we can see her slowing down... A LOT. Within the next year it will be her time to move on... *sigh* We love her!