I did read about them dying early, drumstick diva.😕, but I will try to give him a good home for as long as he's alive. He crowed for the first time on Sunday, three hoarse crows, and once this morning. It's so funny, it sounds like somethings stuck in his throat. I will have to start preparing my son mentally for when his pet kicks the bucket. If nothing else, this chicken has made me decide to start keeping more. So I have to look around for some dual purpose pullets, and make it clear to the kids that they won't be pets.
Actually, I think chickens make great pets. When you spend time with them, get to know their quirks & personalities, and they get comfortable with a person, they can be very entertaining and tame. I think of my dual purpose girls as my pets (who just happen to provide us with wonderful eggs).