I've been "chicken-ing" for the past 25 years. All are/have been pets. Have names and SSN's (just kidding). We enjoy the fresh eggs but mostly the individual personalities and antics. Currenty have a mixed flock of reds, barred rocks, aracanas, gold laced-wing and variety of banties. Just (2 months) hatched out mixed bag of banties; some frizzles, couple of sizzles and even two seramas (cute!). To round out the barnyard we also have a pair of geese and 5 ducks of different breeds. "Quack, honk, cluck, chirp !". Building a new duplex hen house with pens and setting up a pen for ring necks that are due to hatch in a couple of weeks.