We have chickens. We've had chickens for darn near 20 years. (egads, I can't believe it's been that long!) Not because *I* like chickens but because Mr. Pirate contended that it would be a good "educational experience" for our children.
Yes, that really does mean that *we* now take care of the chickens. :-) To be fair, our girls are now 27, 22 & 22 and don't necessarily live at home any longer. Mr. Pirate also likes chickens. I will admit to be vastly amused by the stupid creatures. :-)
I haven't a clue which chicken is producing ... and they are covering for each other ... so I suppose that all of them are safe at this point. :-)
One of the brown shelled eggs is noticeably darker than the other brown shelled eggs. We do have Maran chickens, which are supposed to lay "chocolate eggs", i.e. very dark brown shells. Since not all of our hens are laying at this point, I'm not entirely sure if the really dark egg in the picture above is one of the "chocolate eggs" or not.
I haven't a clue what breed she is, since they all took off their name badges shortly after we bought them. Silly chickens. If they don't look like any pictures I see to identify them, then all I can say is that they are chickens! :-)