Chickens and poultry are usually kept for laying but they also make good pets and form a bond with their human keepers. There are many breeds of chickens around the world and you can choose from smaller Frizzies and Silkies who lay well to larger whites that are the typical cockerels used in advertizing.
They are easy to hatch from fertilized eggs and are often used as nature projects for schools to demonstrate the wonders of life in nature. As long as the egg temperature is kept at the normal chicken temperature of about 100 degrees fahrenheit and turned as a broodie hen would turn her will have chicks hatching in 21 days or so.

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