Do you consider your Chickens Pets or Livestock

Do you consider your chickens Pets or Livestock

  • Pets

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MarkJr

Change in America begins at the dinner table
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Very friendly livestock.

I’ll sell/eat/trade any and all except my broody hen. Find a young broody and she will be exempt also...... unless I happen to get lucky and get two young broodies, then may the best one win.
 

aart

Chicken Juggler!
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My Coop
Do they need to have a profitable return?
No, that would be crazy.
I do expect the sale of eggs to cover feed costs, and annually they have.
Some years are more productive than others.
Overhead, housing builds, and equipment costs are the hobby part of my chickeneering.

I hatch replacement layers every year and slaughter cockerels and older hens to get winter numbers down where they work best.
Not to say there haven't been a few I am more enamored of than others, and some have been sold as pets rather than grace my table.
 

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Songster
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I can't 100% call them one or the other. You needed a "both" category to be honest in an answer. They are livestock, that I've made pets of. I don't raise them for cash profit but instead for food. I have some severe food preservative allergies and many foods bought in the store can put me in the ER, while raising it myself is fine. That said, I treat them more as pets than standard livestock since I don't raise them for meat but only for eggs and can afford to get more attached to them. I think I'd hate to have to raise broilers for meat. It would hurt having to butcher them regularly. I have butchered egg eating hens and a few nasty roosters but mostly my hens live to a ripe old age and are well repaid for the eggs they give me.
 

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