Was it because they genuinely fear teh coming financial meltdown/zombie apocalypse/Global war? Probably not. But, they have them. And the chickens provide more than eggs each day. They are social. Fun to watch. Relatively easy to take care of.
As far as the kids are concerned, they are an endless source of entertainment. Ok. I admit it. I love watching them cluck and scratch!
I took this video yesterday!