I love having them around, because I find them funny. I also love watching the llama and alpacas try to decide if these are dangerous creatures or not (every morning). And there's something about the eggs. They just taste so much better. As a bonus, we don't wash our eggs, so we don't have to refrigerate them. And pickled eggs are a favorite this time of year.
Sounds tooo funny
. I adore my relative's chickens, they are the funniest little creatures. It cracks me up to watch the rooster running full-tilt across the yard with his contingent of ladies behind him. They also like to sneak into the cow pen and cuddle with the calves.
We are thinking of getting 2 or 3 mature hens and a couple pullets. Once the mature hens start to peter out I'd add a couple more pullets. I think the pet aspect of them will be pretty strong by that point, to be honest.
I looked at making feeders and waterers out of 5 gallon buckets, we'll probably go that route. I also saw how to make nesting boxes out of the buckets, but it would probably be easier to have the boys build nesting boxes. That way I can have them put in a drop-down opening to make collecting the eggs easier.