The same for me, except someday came about 18 months ago. I have lost one, so have nine hens. They are pets, I admit. I have even trained one to jump up on the outside perch at a whistle. Now she jumps up there when she sees me coming. I got them a few days past hatch, so they think I am Mom.
2 Americaunas, 5 Gold Stars, and 2 black Austrolorpes. Lots of eggs, which I like.
I find them to be fascinating animals, very smart and each with their own personality.
I like my birds but they have a job here .. We go through almost a dozen every day .. I do feel they give me a reason to keep moving I turn 60 in a few days
but stay in shap because of them and the two men with me my sweetheart and our Son who is 38 but helps care for us
I picked eggs, pets, and other.
I originally got chickens for eggs. I didn't think I would fall in love with them as much as I have. I didn't know chickens all have personalities, and I didn't know how much fun they are!
Once I got my chicks though, they became pets. Now I mainly just keep them as pets, and the eggs are a bonus.
I chose 'other' because they make me happy. They always bring a smile to my face, no matter what. I just love knowing that every morning I can go out and see them, pet their soft feathers, and hear their soft little clucks.