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|My chickens are happy. they are in my front yard and get to scratch and look for all the bugs they want. Mine eats birdfeed but you can get regular chicken feed or even laying mess. You do not need a Rooster to get eggs, the hens lay them without a rooster. The rooster is merely to breed to make more chickens.
That would have been neat to see the "chicks in da hood" Oh, yes they will do o.k. in zone 5. If you build them a pen, best thing is to make them a southern or eastern faceing house. they got to have a certain number of hours of daylight to lay. You can always"google" to get information on chickens.
I'll see what I can find for you. If you have a Tractor Supply or Farm store they should have books on chickens.
I don't butcher mine either. They just die of old age.....