We've been in our new house for a month now. The original owners were kind enough to leave us their three chickens and our kids adopted and named one each. So here are our original three girls.
Ever since I managed to catch Breanna and give her to the kids to cuddle, she has become a favourite. She is so placid and friendly and does not mind that she spends more time in Frannie's arms than foraging for food. The other two are less trusting and can only be petted when they head in to roost at dusk. So we will have to gently work on them.
I've got to say that chickens make pretty cool pets. They are curious, self sufficient and cute. We are fortunate enough to have 5 acres for them to free range around daily. They have a purpose built hen house with dirt, a run and a roosting house. We let them out before breakfast and lock them away after dusk (just in case of foxes).
I am not looking forward to dealing with one of them needing to be killed because of ailments though. I don't really kill any creatures except mozzies and cane toads. Ask my kids - I rescue spiders and lizards from our house to put back outside. I even kill the cane toads humanely by popping them into the freezer in a double plastic bag. There has got to be a nicer way then chopping off a chicken's head. If you know, let me know.