We don't have real chickens here. Although some neighbors manage to keep hens and roosters on their property, we've never attempted it. Our own dogs could not be trusted to respect the rights of poultry, and the coyotes would have a field day, I'm afraid. And chasing them down and locking them up in a covered shelter each night is just not for me.
I do, however, get to enjoy pecking and scratch(feed)ing on a daily basis. The mourning doves come in and feed under the birdfeeder tree, and are happy to give me the flock treatment.