Wow, have you tried to purchase hens lately? They used to be abundant, but not so lately. There is such a surge of people getting backyard chickens it is kind of reminiscent of the Victory Gardens of the past. So many people are desiring information and education about mini homesteads. It's kind of exciting. Knowledge should never be lost or skip a generation.
If you get some backyard chickens, make sure you research well what those girls need. Check out your local library for some good books. Most facebook pages have backyard chicken groups. Lots of folks would love to help, I'm sure.
Until next time....