Hi Steve and welcome to our community. Like you, i raise chickens because i enjoy it, but they are a flock - not individuals. After a few months of laying, they are sold as meat and others replace them. It allows for chicken maths without the increasing number of birds!
There are forums on all kinds of livestock, and bees, so please feel at home and enjoy being a member of this great site.
Thanks! What kind of birds are you raising?