1. They are messy. When they are babies they love to scratch through their shavings, which gets them all over the place. As they get older, like most animals, have no idea that things need to stay tidy. They scatter food around, and produce copious amounts of magic dust (where if comes from is a mystery!). As adults, they shed feathers EVERYWHERE, love to play in dirt, and have no problem pooping pretty much everywhere they go. Even on or in food and water dishes.
3. They grow fast. They are only adorable fluff balls for a few weeks, and you can almost see the growth difference daily. They've become big chickens so quickly!
4. They love treats. When you walk up to our chickens coop they run to you, excited to get their treats! A lot of people said they love, love, love mealworms, but instead mine went gaga over blueberries. Nowadays they don't seem to have favorites, and love anything tossed in.
6. They don't have to live in a mansion. Our chickens live in a hoop house. Part of it is covered with a tarp, and they have two large sticks as perches. We move their house as often as they need it. It is not fancy, and it doesn't look amazing. We were more concerned about them getting in fresh grass, and having protections from the predators than them living the large life.
7. They are entertaining. You wouldn't think chickens would be, but they really are. They run around, chase each other, try to steal each other's treats, they cluck and jabber, and are pretty darn cute.
9. They don't constantly lay eggs. Chickens don't constantly lay eggs. They may lay eggs for five days straight, but will then take a break.
11. They don't need roosters. It's true you do not need a rooster to have eggs. Hens have eggs regardless. Roosters are a bit braver though and help protect the hens.
12. They are a great first time farm animal. Chickens are hardy, and fairly easy to care for. They require feed, water, and shelter, but are pretty low key otherwise. They have made for a great first time livestock animal for me.
13. You can have chickens. Well, maybe. A lot of cities allow residents to have a certain amount of chickens, provided they are within certain guidelines. Having chickens in your backyard is pretty common these days!