My husband and I have been tossing around ideas to be more self-sufficient. I said I'd like to have chickens, we go through quite a few eggs in our house. My hubby says "NO WAY, they are filthy!" So, what's the consensus here? He didn't think free range chickens lay eggs, do they? Do they lay in one specific are. Keep in mind I know nothing about this! We are only recently country folk! Do they have to be filthy? Is there a good way to do it? How many chickens should we have? I suppose we could put up a sign to sell eggs... we go through about 18 eggs per week. Thanks for your time in advance! Cheryl