Hello. I love chickens, but my Black French Marans have been a slight disappointment. They lay great eggs, but none of them like me. Some of the gals get gentle when laying, but for the most part, they keep their distance. I only have one pet chicken, and that's my tiny, I mean miniature, banty rooster. I can carry him around like a baby. I want chickens that make good pets. I'd like to get Silkies, but my husband doesn't like them for some strange reason. What other breeds are fun beside the Australop and Cochin? Now that I'm learning a lot about incubation, I'm ready to get some eggs of another kind going.