There is a difference between people who raise Thousands of birds, and cull lkill) sick ones, and people who have BACKYARD CHICKENS where they ARE part of the family and ARE pets. Ive had chickens for 20 years. Mostive in a huge coop you walk into, BUT thefe are a select few that CHOOSE to hang around people. If they choose to be near people instead of the coop, I let them. They have a coop near the house. I had a lavender orpington, that no matter what, hated being in the cooo, would lace back and forth and when she free ranged, she woukd walk up to the porch and at night I would catch her sleeping on the deck, and if you opened the door she woukd walk right in. I didnt mind. If I had thousands of birds, and some wanted to do that, well, so be it, these are backyard chickens after all...and most people on here woud rather save their beloved pet hen, then kill it, because it has the sniffles.