When we first moved in, Lola was keeping Araucana chickens. Jordan was 2 1/2 at the time and Lola invited her over to gather some eggs. Araucana's lay eggs with blue shells - very pretty. Jordan got so excited about the eggs that she dropped one. She started to cry until Lola handed her another and said "don't worry, there are lots more where that came from." But after a few years the chore of chickens was getting to be a pain for Lola and she got rid of the chickens. This was about the same time we bought ours (not Araucanas - we have Buff Orpintons and Light Brahmas).
Now that I've had chickens I truly couldn't imagine not having them. They are so fun. Really. They are. They come a-runnin' when they see me, hoping to get some kitchen scraps. They follow me around while I do chores, talking to me the whole time. And they produce food! So it didn't surprise me that Lola only lasted two years without chickens. She bought a group of mix-breed layers last fall. Seven total.
Last night the phone ran. Lola said "This is going to sound strange, but do you have an extra chicken?" She went on to explain that one came up missing the other day. She and Eric looked around for signs of it being eaten by a coyote, but there was nothing. Since our chickens roam about, she thought that perhaps one of her's got out of its run and joined up with ours. Jordan ran down to check and we still just have eight. I hope there isn't a chicken robber out there! I happen to like all my chickens and don't want to loose any.