I still get a thrill every time the girls lay eggs. We've had them for a year and a half and they've been laying for well over a year. It still makes me so happy to collect eggs. There is something so satisfying about having chickens. They're always happy to see me, especially if I have leftovers for them. This time of year they are extra grateful for those treats since they aren't on pasture.
My plan had been to get some more layers in the spring. That has been put off with the move. The hens we have now will be with us until the fall and then they'll likely be butchered. We'll get more hens when we get our new house. I'll really miss those wonderful eggs, along with the hens that laid them.
If you have the ability to have chickens, I would encourage you to do so. They are so easy to care for. Personally, I think they're easier than the dog. He is cuter and snugglier though.