I saw this article on MSNBC by Amy Robach entitled Why Chickens Are the Perfect Pets. Even though I primarily keep chickens for food, not pets, I entirely agree with her. And I must say, she has good taste, as one of her hens appears to be a Buff Orpington.
As a side note, we have gotten 15 eggs in a day twice now! That means all the girls are laying! And we have gotten two double yolkers.