We had considered raising chickens for a while, but it became reality when my son's first grade class hatched chicks this Spring. At the end of the year they needed a home, and we brought 3 to live with us. My kids love having them. My dog is pretty interested in them - maybe too interested. They hatched in April 2010. They are Araucana mixed with something poofy on top.
Terrific, Richard and Twister

I built the coop in 2 weekends. It was a fun project.
The coop

The BackYardChickens Forum has been a great resource. Thanks everyone.