Official BYC Poll - Which aspect of keeping chickens do you enjoy the most?

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by BYC Project Manager, Aug 21, 2014.

  1. Their companionship

    244 vote(s)
    71.8%
  2. The fresh eggs

    180 vote(s)
    52.9%
  3. Breeding/working with rare breeds

    35 vote(s)
    10.3%
  4. Showing/exhibition

    12 vote(s)
    3.5%
  5. Hatching eggs

    62 vote(s)
    18.2%
  6. Other (please reply to the thread and specify)

    31 vote(s)
    9.1%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. BYC Project Manager

    BYC Project Manager Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member Project Manager

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    We all enjoy our flocks for different reasons. Some of us just love having chickens as pets while others enjoy breeding or showing them. Tell us which part of keeping your own flock you enjoy the most.
     
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  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    I originally wanted chickens for the eggs and to raise them as chicks. Since my only experiences with chickens had been at my grandparents' poultry farm where there were wild chickens, I had no clue that chickens could be such pets. As soon as I got my babies, I learned I was wrong. My babies did nothing but snuggle with me, sleep in my lap and peep when I wasn't around. Even though they are now adults they still love sitting with me, cuddling, etc, etc. Whenever the hear the back door open, they start going crazy! They are without a doubt, part of the family and not considered any less than another pet. Of course their eggs are a huge plus and I often get upset when they stop laying. But, I would rather have a chicken who laid no eggs than a chicken who couldn't be tame. My chickens are my babies and I will forever love them.
     
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  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I'd say hatching eggs, followed by their companionship. I love hanging out with my flock, just watching them go about their business, or sitting in the coop talking nonsense with them. It's so relaxing. And chicken TV doesn't get better than watching a broody hen with her chicks!
     
  4. ChickInDelight

    ChickInDelight Never an Empty Nest

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    I enjoy my free-ranging pets and the fresh eggs now; however, I hope to be breeding and hatching in the future. My first cull is coming up because my Roos are not as enjoyable as the girls.
     
  5. MisUnderstood

    MisUnderstood Out Of The Brooder

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    I would choose as my main reason for having backyard chickens is they are very therapeutic for me. They are my reason for getting out of bed each morning....The eggs are great too!
     
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  6. SammyRouen

    SammyRouen Out Of The Brooder

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    I just started raising chickens I got them originally for eggs and meat (for roosters) and then I fell in love with my girls they are so commical to watch in the yard as they jump to get treats. Never knew they could be so awesome. I grew up with ducks who would never let you pet them so when I got chickens I didn't expect to be able to pet them either, I was wrong! Can't wait till next year so I can hatch out chicks!! :)
     
  7. lightchick

    lightchick Overrun With Chickens

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    I love all their colors!
     
  8. Blue in a shoe

    Blue in a shoe Chillin' With My Peeps

    I enjoy my chickens because they are my companions. I also enjoy the diversity of them. No 2 chickens are the same.
     
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  9. mickeymousears

    mickeymousears Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I, too, originally got chickens for eggs...but very quickly realized what sweet, endearing creatures they are. Now I just take in rescued hens-don't even care about the eggs.
     
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  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Me too!
     

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