Our laying hens are pretty much postmenopausal, and since they are pets, we will not be eating them. They’ve laid thousands of eggs, so now they get to enjoy their golden years.
But we need eggs, so that means replacement chicks. We picked up two Araucana chicks last week, and have two golden comet chicks coming tomorrow. Each evening we sit with them and offer them a treat (meal worms) by hand. When they are fully feathered and go out to the coop, they will remain human imprinted and that is part of the fun.
Adult Golden Comets look like Rhode Island Reds, just a bit washed out color wise. They are good layers. When our hens mature they are very tame. They’ll follow us around the yard if we let them loose (they roam in a fenced in paddock area by the barn normally).
When friends bring their kids over, the chickens will politely take peanuts from them, and will snuggle on their lap if they sit down in the grass.