Keeping chickens will add life to your garden and provide you with hours of pleasure, whether it be from collecting their eggs or simply watching them scratching around. You might even find yourself talking to them! They will certainly talk to you and once they get to know you, they will come running to you on sight.
They are easy and cheap to feed and their eggs will provide you with the ingredients for a variety of meals - what more could you ask for?
Chickens do not need a hug...