My boyfriend and I want to live out in the country someday with a handful of chickens! I can't see us ever needing more than four or five though, we'd just be using them for egg and as pets. There are some mornings when I just don't feel like eggs for breakfast, so I wouldn't want to have so many that we got overloaded! But I do love the idea of having eggs from my own chickens! :) :) I forgot the breed we wanted, but it was a good balance between friendly and being a good layer.
We actually live in town on 1 acre. They are raised for eggs and pets. They make great pets the biggest problem is it's best not to get to attached. Its okay, but you have to know the risks like disease and predators.
We actually sell our eggs as we get a dozen on average a day sometimes less or more. All depends on who layed the day before and the weather.
I recommend the speckled sussex. I have 1 forgot to mention. She is a sweetie. She is good at laying and always runs up to greet me when I go outside or to their run.
Yeah we hope to get some to eat in the near future. But we have a fox lurking around and it makes me nervous that it might get some of my hens. I have become attached to a few of them.
I just don't see rabbits as being food. They are just so cute and seem like pets..