After taking a year off of having hens, we decided that we did in fact miss having them and found a farm with some hens that should start to lay sooner than later. After a few twists and turns, we ended up with seven chickens- most lay brownish eggs of some sort, but one lays a blue-ish green egg which Peter of course just loves. Emelia loves to go into the hen yard and give them "treats" (compost) from the kitchen and they both like to pet them if someone else is holding them.
As of right now, the favorite chicken is "milkie the silkie" who is a fiesty little Silkie chicken. She lays tiny cream eggs, but she is cute and different looking and is easier to handle than the big laying hens.