Official BYC Poll - Are Chickens Easier or Harder To Raise Than....

Discussion in 'Website Announcements, Feedback, Issues, & Guides' started by Nifty-Chicken, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. Less work than dogs

    2 vote(s)
  2. Less work than cats

    1 vote(s)
  3. About the same work as dogs

    0 vote(s)
  4. About the same work as cats

    0 vote(s)
  5. More work than dogs

    0 vote(s)
  6. More work than cats

    1 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Okay, this poll was initiated by this thread.

    Some say that chickens are more work to raise than other pets. Obviously we're going to have a bit of a biased result asking this on a chicken website, but a lot of our members have many different pets, so I think it is worth a shot. [​IMG]

    Try your best to keep this an "apples to apples" comparison. For example, keeping 5 chickens will be different from keeping 20 horses as keeping 10 chickens will be from keeping 10 dogs.

    This isn't about the direct "costs" of raising the animals, but about the amount of time and worry. Consider:

    • Getting everything setup for the animal(s)
    • Frequency of health problems
    • General care (feeding, housing, exercise, protection, etc.)

  2. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    Just a quick comment...I think in large part, at least for me, the care involved equates very much to the time involved. My barn is over 300' from my house, so just getting there & back, putting on boots & bundling up (this time of year) takes extra time. Letting my dogs out to potty & putting food in their bowls takes much less time that getting to & from the barn. However, dogs and cats require more one-on-one time....yes, this is a difficult one to call, for sure!
  3. Namble

    Namble Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2009
    North Florida
    I think caring for chickens is less work than dogs and cats. Because you don't have to give them shots, take them to the vet and all that stuff.
  4. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Chickens don't have to be walked at 5 in the morning and entertained all gosh-darn day like dogs.

    They are slightly more work than cats for me, only because I have to go out to the coop in freezing weather to change their water and rake their run...
  5. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    Less work than dogs, but more work than cats IMO
  6. KellyHM

    KellyHM Overrun With Chickens

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    Quote:I agree.
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    I only have chickens and cats.
    Chickens are way easier- mostly just feed and water daily and opening up the run. Clean up occasionally
    With the cats you throw in the
    LITTERBOX (Ghostly echoing sounds) and daily cleaning.

  8. eggsrcool

    eggsrcool Sussex Fanatic

    It can also depend on your 'setup', if you have a 'flap' for cat, as I do, just means you feed and water them and make sure they are healthy. Chickens you just need to let them out, clean them out when necessary, feed them, water them and check overall health. Dogs though, let them out quite early, walk them, feed, water, walk a bit more etc.. check overall health, and put to bed at night.
  9. Ondra's Seramas

    Ondra's Seramas Drowning in Seramas

    Feb 19, 2009
    North Central WA
    I have all three and I think they are more work than the cats or working dogs. Of course, I am not a dog person, and I hate dogs, so someone else takes care of them.
  10. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    I would say less than dogs and cats. I did the following comparison (from actual experience)..

    13 dogs (2 adults, 11 puppies) was a recent experience. Between feeding (3x a day), cleaning up after this many dogs numerous times a day [​IMG] , playing, vet visits for vaccinations, worming and other health conditions/possible euthanasia which requires a vet, they are a ton of work. Adult dogs pest to go in and out every hour on the hour. ugh!

    Compare to a coop of chickens with the same number of animals - fill feed/water once daily, open them up in the morning and close them up at night, daily raking of hen house with a full clean out every 3-4 months. No vet visits and self euthanisia. Minor vet care can be done at home. Pretty simple requirements.

    4 cats compared to 4 chickens. My cats get feeding morning and night, litter box cleanings throughout the day and lots of attention/snuggles, plus vet visits (including spay/neuter, vaccinations, etc). Oh and don't forget all the hairball cleanups. [​IMG] Chickens don't even get close. 4 chickens - feed/water once daily, clean coop quarterly, open in the morning, close at night. Pretty simple requirements imo.

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