I have chickens too.
All you need is about 4 and one rooster, and you have a never-ending supply of eggs and food.
Every 21 days you can hatch a dozen more. 8-12 weeks later you cull the roosters and keep hens for eggs. When they get old you butcher them for soup chickens.
I have not purchased eggs or chicken in 2 years, and I spend about $25 a month on feed.
I’ve sold dozens of eggs. And given away eggs and frozen chicken to my children.
Same here. I sell my extra eggs at work for $2 a dozen. It pays for the feed.
We did make one mistake. Our dogs and chickens comingle in our yard. They have all gotten along find. Well, we offed our last rooster and, about a month later, our Golden retriever got a taste for raw chicken. We only lost three - and the dog, of course.
We may give up chickens for a while, but if we decide to keep them, we’ll want to add a rooster, partly to fertilize the eggs.