Just wanted to see what you all thought of that?????? I watched a programme called living with the Amish. http://www.channel4.com/programmes/living-with-the-amish Where a group of teenagers from England go and stay with the Amish community. On this weeks episode the girls were supposed to care for Chickens. They were all in one of those massive sheds ( Kind of much like Battery farming but bigger spaces) - The Amish lady said she didn't know anyone who kept a chicken as a pet. That cats come to you but chickens run away?????? She also said that they didn't have the capacity to enjoy life as we would and that all they did was peck and sleep and lay eggs. She had a massive shed she kept them in and of course they never got outside to see the sun and her excuse was that it would be too hard to round them up and that preditors would get them. I can see her point to an extent but if she had the money to make a massive shed then I would guess there was money also to make a secure run all the way up the side of it. I kind of felt sad for the woman as she had soooo many chickens but had no idea of how wonderful they can be. She didn't take the time to know them at all. If she did I guess she would realise chickens do come to you and only run away from folk they are scared of! It just seemed a bit wrong that someone who is soooo deeply religiously convicted could miss the point! Yes we are given dominion over the animals and that is good and yes we do use them as food which is great - but they are not mindless brainless things but wonders of Gods creation. I guess I felt they needed a wee bit more respect than that before they ended up on the table? - She did remind me much of the farmers wife in the film Chicken run!!!!!! In contrast I got my girls from a lovely man who farms chickens here and he has about 200/300 birds. ( They are NOT pets they are laying hens for business!)The lovely thing is that he tends them daily and they know him and come running everytime he goes to see them. He has big sheds too but he also has big runs that they love and play in. The sheds have proper nest boxes and roosts which the Amish lady's didn't seem to have? Of course he does have issues too like the wild birds taking feed but his hens are lovely happy and healthy girls. He has a wonderful intimate relationship with them - pitty the Amish lady has lost out on this. Not only has she missed so much but her chickens don't actually behave like normal chickens either and so I guess she has a warped view of a chicken. If only she had access to a computer I would so love her to have been enlightened and joined BYC!!!!! of course they don't so she will remain unaware of the true beauty of a chicken!!!!!! I wonder how she would react to us - with our wide range of chicken ways. Anyhow this is just a random ramble on about how a different set of views can affect someones relationship with Chickens!!! Oesdog Don't I just wish that lady could do a life swap with some of us!!!!!!!