definition of Livestock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickenwhisperer, Sep 22, 2007.

  1. chickenwhisperer

    chickenwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    wikepedia defines it as: "the term used to refer to a domesticated animal intentionally reared in an agricultural setting to make products such as food or fibre, or for its labor."

    do your chickens measure up? Mine dont, as I dont rear them in an agricultural setting, I dont need them to make my food, and they only make a mess not clean it up.
    Thus, I would have no right to protect them as such.
     
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    The term is used rather loosely. Call them pets or small livestock, just when you want to argue a point, pick the definition you want and defend it. I know in your municipal codes, chickens are considered poultry or small livestock.
     
  3. SewingDiva

    SewingDiva Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:I agree - every local regulation and bylaw will define livestock differently. In my town chickens are livestock, but not bot-pellied pigs. Clearly a cadre of pot belly pig fanciers lobbied to have that animal defined as a pet. Rabbits are also defined as pets.

    Before my town issues the permit for our coop we are subject to a Board of Health inspection, whereas anyone can keep a rabbit or pot bllied pig as a pet with just a license.

    Ironic, yes? [​IMG]

    Phyllis
     
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  4. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    C'mon folks, this aint that complicated. Chickens are either livestock or pets, depending on you. So, which are you: a pets or livestock chickenhead?
     
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I like to call mine eatable pets. *runs and hides*
     
  6. Mac in Wisco

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    Quote:Just what sort of criteria do they use? I'd love to see that checklist.
     
  7. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    Quote:What if I want to call half of them pets and the other half livestock?
     
  8. Here, the lines are blurred.
    Some of my chickens are pets and some are 'livestock'.
    I won't argue with you
    or wikepedia about a definition.

    I think the point you are trying to make is whether we have the right to
    defend them from predators. Otherwise, I don't understand your issues.
    Stupid, but true.
    Call to 911 --- Help, we are trying to in the front door and there are big dogs, look like Rottweilers blocking the way.
    They put those dogs down, as a matter of fact.


    Lisa
     
  9. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Just joking around here:

    40 year old man gets hand and right ankle bitten by dog. Rows of puncture wounds. The attacker, a 8 lb toy dog with razor sharp teeth that won't hurt a fly. It gets kicked into the owners house and that is that.
     
  10. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    What if I want to call half of them pets and the other half livestock?

    Help yourself, Mac. You are CEO, Dictator and Chief Pirate At The Wheel in your chicken yard. I just like to see decisions and not a lot of philosophical vagueisms.

    Here, the lines are blurred.
    Some of my chickens are pets and some are 'livestock'.

    See, that's what Im talking about. One thing about Lisa, she makes a decision and well, there you go.

    I think the point you are trying to make is whether we have the right to defend them from predators.

    Interesting take on the matter, Lisa. In either case, you have the right to protect them as you see fit. Pets or livestock, they are your property, whether they as 'property' fits your view.
    They are your responsibility if something goes wrong, so they are yours to protect if they need it...which includes doing away with the offending predator.
    If you recall, they prosecuted some folks around here for stealing a cow a few years back. Livestock? Yes. Property? Definitely.​
     

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