My family and I were unexpectedly thrust into the chicken life last year when my idiot in-laws thought it would be funny to spring a chicken on my 8 yr. old daughter for a birthday gift. The kid was thrilled. The parents were not. However, "Rose" grew on us all, and this summer we completed construction of a proper hen house, and are now actively involved in Wyandottes and Ameraucanas.
I have discovered my inner chicken geek, and I am reveling in it.