I'll admit it was a slightly longer wait than I expected until we started to get eggs, but they're the funniest little pets and the fact that they earn their keep with lovely eggs is a bonus.
This is Henrietta - she loves to lay out in the sunshine with one wing extended.
This is Charlotte - named after the white chook on a kids show I worked on.
And this is Dr Octopus our adorable silkie.
I've given her a haircut since this photo was taken so she can see properly now. She lays teeny tiny eggs and goes broody at least once every two months - she spends all day in the nesting box and makes the most pained squeals if you try and move her little furry butt.
We got our girls from City Chicks and I can't recommend them highly enough.