People say that they are stupid, dirty and loud.
If you take 25 chickens, put them in a pen, give them food and water, and clean up after them once a week; I agree.
If you took some dogs, put them in a pen, give them food and water, and clean up after them once a week, they too, are stupid, dirty, and loud.
My first hen was a single bird. I had bought two chicks at the feed store. When they were about 3 months old, Berniece drowned in our swimming pool. Abigail was left with only me to console her. She had free run of the backyard. She did not seem to know that she was a chicken. She played with the dog, and followed me around the backyard.
When people came over, I allowed her to dress up in my bracelet. It was her favorite. One of my friends made her a sweater, and although she did not like it, she posed for a picture. I have to scan that one in so that I can share it with you. I have since heard about chicken diapers. I will not do that!
Abigail would run to the back door, and cackle after she laid an egg. I would come out, and run to the nest with her. After I made a big deal about her egg, I would give her a Ritz cracker.
I admit that chickens are not as smart as dogs. I was never able to house break her. She did not live in the house, although she adored Steve, and wanted to sleep in our bed (I needed to find her a boyfriend). But any animal becomes smarter when paid attention too. Abigail would come to her name, and get in our lap, or sometimes just sit at our feet.
Chickens are quieter than my neighbor’s dog. It is easy to keep a few hens in a backyard, and they provide you with fresh eggs. Why Chickens? Why anything? Why not? Giving a dozen of fresh beautiful eggs is a good way to share life’s abundance with others. Besides, if the chickens are dirty, it is because their person did not clean up after them. Just like any pet; they eat AND they poop.