I am curious as to what and how people consider their chickens and why? It appears to be several competing view here, there is not a correct answer in my view I am just curious. I consider my chickens a commodity or farm animal. They are both a hobby and an investment, I expect a return on, in the form of food, either eggs or meat. This does not mean I do not "love" my chickens, It simply means I look at them in a pragmatic way. I find them a good source of healthy food. I grew up on a farm and love animals. That does not stop me from eating them. I will feed and care for them and protect them from harm in any manner I can. I know this will make no sense to some. BTW the best thing a chicken can do to insure its survival is act cute, friendly and get name. I enjoy them like a pet, but I never forget they are no pets.... What about you? How do you consider your chickens.